Devils Rally Late to Beat Pens, 3-2
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Ilya Kovalchuk scored his first goal since suffering a shoulder injury last month, giving the New Jersey Devils a 3-2 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.
Kovalchuk’s goal with 6:10 remaining helped New Jersey overcome a 2-0 deficit and win its home finale.
Travis Zajac and David Clarkson also scored for the Devils. Johan Hedberg made 15 saves in his first start since March 19 for his sixth win of the season.
Matt Cooke scored in the first period and Jussi Jokinen added a second-period goal for the Penguins.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves Pittsburgh.
Kovalchuk scored the winner off a nice pass from Steve Sullivan for his 11th goal of the season.
Cooke scored the only goal in the first period, collecting a pass from Brenden Morrow alone in front. Cooke put the puck between Hedberg’s pads at 8:52.
The Penguins pushed the lead to 2-0 with six minutes left in the second period when Jokinen scored on the power play.
New Jersey tied the score with a power-play goal early in the third period. Clarkson went in on a give-and-go with Patrik Elias and scored the tying goal at 3:01.