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Clarkson double leads Devils past Penguins

11 February 2013 06:24

David Clarkson scored twice to help the New Jersey Devils notch their fifth straight NHL win, while the New York Rangers thumped Tampa Bay.

The Devils defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 for the second time in as many days to maintain their place atop the Eastern Conference standings.

Clarkson opened the scoring in the first period before Ilya Kovalchuk doubled his side's lead midway through the second period.

Minutes later Clarkson put the visitors up 3-0 with his ninth goal of the season, which has him tied for the second-most goals in the league.

James Neal scored a power-play goal 15 seconds into the final period to give the Penguins a sniff, but Devils goalie Johan Hedberg was on hand to ensure the victory with 23 saves.

The Rangers extended the Lightning's losing streak to four games with a commanding 5-1 triumph in New York.

Carl Hagelin had two goals and an assist, while Ryan Callahan, Aaron Asham and Rick Nash also got on the scoresheet for the victors.

The Chicago Blackhawks remain the league's only undefeated side in regulation as they comfortably accounted for the Nashville Predators 3-0.

Marcus Kruger, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane all scored for the Blackhawks, while goalie Corey Crawford got his first shutout of the season and sixth of his career.

Jonathan Ericsson was the hero for Detroit with his goal five seconds from time giving the Red Wings a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

Alec Martinez had scored the equaliser for the defending champions with less than a minute remaining before Ericsson bobbed up with the winner to send the home crowd into raptures.

In other matches on Sunday, the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 and the Boston Bruins downed the Buffalo Sabres by the same scoreline.

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