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Devils 1, Senators 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Devils 1, Senators 0
New Jersey Devils 1, Ottawa Senators 0
Three Stars of the Game
Johan Hedberg
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
GA: 0EV: 27-27
PIM: 0PP: 4-4
SV%: 1.000SH: 3-3
Ben Bishop
Ben Bishop
SA: 34TOI: 58:56
GA: 1EV: 23-23
PIM: 2PP: 7-8
SV%: .971SH: 3-3
Ilya Kovalchuk
Ilya Kovalchuk
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 20:34

OTTAWA — Ilya Kovalchuk's 400th NHL goal was exciting. His celebration was not.

Kovalchuk hit the milestone on Tuesday night, and provided the only offence in the New Jersey Devils' 1-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators.

While working the point on the power play, Kovalchuk took a pass from defenceman Marek Zidlicky and fired a slap shot past goalie Ben Bishop with 2:40 left in the second period. The calm Kovalchuk kept his arms down and waited at the blue line for his teammates to come to him for a subdued celebration.

"It wasn't much," he said of his reaction, "so hopefully when I score my 500th, it will be a little more exciting."

The Devils are solidly in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, three points behind Philadelphia and five in front of No. 7 Ottawa.

Kovalchuk also has 376 assists in 771 NHL regular-season games — the first 694 with the Atlanta Thrashers.

Subbing for Martin Brodeur, who lost 4-2 at the New York Rangers on Monday, Johan Hedberg made 34 saves for his fourth shutout of the season. He saved a first-period penalty shot by Erik Condra, who was tripped from behind on a breakaway by defenceman Anton Volchenkov.

Bishop made 33 saves.

The Senators failed to capitalize on two late power plays, including a 5-on-3 advantage for nearly 30 seconds.

The Devils had a couple of early chances in the first period but Bishop turned them aside. The rest of the period was rather uneventful except for the penalty shot and a final-minute flurry by the Senators.

It was the second 1-0 win by the Devils in four games and their fourth of the season. They also have a 1-0 loss.

"They like to trap it up and make it a difficult game. We just weren't able to get one past Hedberg," Senators forward Nick Foligno said. "It was a funny game. We weren't able to get too many power plays early on, and then we got some late but weren't able to generate much offence."

NOTES: In two previous meetings this season, the Senators lost 5-4 in a shootout on Dec 8 at New Jersey and rebounded to win 3-2 in overtime at home on Jan. 2. The Devils will host the final matchup of the season on April 7 ... Ottawa C Jason Spezza, who missed the game because of an illness, is one game shy of 600 in the NHL — all with the Senators. That milestone has now been delayed until Friday, when the Senators face the Canadiens in Montreal (7:30 p.m., Sportsnet East, Team 1200) ... Matt Carkner and Kaspars Daugavins were also scratched for Ottawa. Cam Janssen and Matt Taormina sat out for the Devils.

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
PPG - Ilya Kovalchuk (31) ASST: Marek Zidlicky (20), Patrik Elias (45)
1 - 0 NJD
3rd Period
penalty summary
1st Period
Daniel Alfredsson  Interference against  Bryce Salvador
2nd Period
Steve Bernier  Hi-sticking against  Ben Bishop
Zenon Konopka  Kneeing against  Zach Parise
3rd Period
Ben Bishop  Delaying Game-Ill. play goalie
Zack Smith  Boarding against  Alexei Ponikarovsky
David Clarkson  Slashing against  Jared Cowen
Ryan Carter  Too many men/ice - bench
goalie stats
Johan Hedberg
Johan Hedberg
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
Saves: 34EV: 27 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: 1.000SH: 3 - 3
Ben Bishop
Ben Bishop
SA: 34TOI: 58:56
Saves: 33EV: 23 - 23
PIM: 2PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .971SH: 3 - 3