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Brodeur, Kovalchuk help Devils blank Coyotes


A rousing game from Ilya Kovalchuk and a perfect night from Martin Brodeur propelled the Devils back into the wins column in a big way.

Kovalchuk notched his first two-goal game as a Devil, and Brodeur made 29 saves for career shutout No. 113 in Wednesday’s 3-0 triumph over visiting Phoenix.

The Devils (9-19-2) snapped their five-game losing skid and picked up their first home victory in their last three tries at Prudential Center.

Burdened by bad starts in their previous two home games, the Devils took it to the Coyotes right from the drop of the puck. Kovalchuk drew first blood and Mark Fayne’s first career goal had New Jersey ahead 2-0 after 20 minutes.

“I thought we had good energy,” said head coach John MacLean. “I thought we were on them right away. We had a great start and it all carried over from there.”

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