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Hedberg, Kovalchuk lift Devils to shootout win

A two-game winning streak usually isn’t big news for the New Jersey Devils. It is this season.

Johan Hedberg stopped all three shots and Ilya Kovalchuk scored the only goal in the shootout as the Devils beat the Calgary Flames 2-1 on Wednesday night for their first winning streak.

“It’s obviously very important for us,” said Hedberg, who shut out the Washington Capitals on Monday. “We’re in a situation where we need points. It was a tight game between two defensive teams. It felt in the third that this might go for a long time. It was a huge. A great shot by Kovy and a big win for us.”

Kovalchuk, who didn’t record a shot in regulation, beat Swedish rookie Henrik Karlsson with a wrist shot to the top corner on the first attempt for New Jersey (7-13-2).

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