Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Patrik Elias scored one of New Jersey's four
second-period goals, as the Devils kept their playoff hopes alive with a 6-2
beatdown of the league-worst Florida Panthers on Saturday afternoon at
Elias finished with two tallies and Martin Brodeur needed to make only 11
saves for the Devils, who trail the New York Rangers by six points for the
eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers host the Devils on Sunday.
Travis Zajac had two assists for New Jersey, which snapped a team record-tying
10-game losing streak with Thursday's 3-0 triumph in Philadelphia. The slide
began after the last time the club won consecutive games on March 21-23.
Star forward Ilya Kovalchuk suffered a right shoulder injury in the Devils'
March 23 home victory against these same Panthers and finally returned to
the lineup Saturday after an 11-game absence.
Jacob Markstrom stopped 27 shots in Florida's fifth straight loss, during
which the club has surrendered 27 goals.
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