Kovalchuk leads surging Devils past Lightning 4-2

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Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013 11:52 pm

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Ilya Kovalchuk broke a tie with a short-handed goal late in the second period and the New Jersey Devils won their third straight game with a 4-2 victory over the slumping Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.

Andy Greene and Patrik Elias iced the game with power-play goals 14 seconds apart with less than 5 minutes to play as the Devils (6-1-3) sent the Lightning to their third consecutive loss. Elias also had two assists.

Adam Henrique scored for the second game in a row and Martin Brodeur made 17 saves for New Jersey.

Nate Thompson and Matthew Carle scored for the Lightning, who have five goals during their losing streak. Tampa Bay scored 37 times in starting the season 6-1.

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