Sens seal seventh straight win, blank Devils 3-0

Wed Jan 27, 2010 1:13am EST
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Ottawa Senators chalked up their seventh win in a row on Tuesday, blanking the New Jersey Devils 3-0.

Goaltender Brian Elliott anchored the shutout, making 24 saves as the Senators (29-21-4) beat the Devils for the first time in 10 meetings dating back to 2007. Ottawa had a streak of eight consecutive wins the same year.

The victory gave Elliott his first win over three-times Stanley Cup winning goaltender Martin Brodeur.

"It's not so much against him, it's against the team and they play a patient game and pounce on opportunities when you give them to them," Elliott told reporters after recording his fourth career shutout. "And we really didn't give them opportunities tonight and I think that was the key to the victory."

Alexei Kovalev and Milan Michalek recorded goals in the first period before Jason Spezza provided the knockout blow in the second. It was Spezza's second goal in as many games since returning on Saturday from a 20-game absence due to a knee injury.

Brodeur was pulled from the game after allowing three scores on 12 shots, Yann Danis replacing the standout goaltender for the start of the third.

The Devils (34-16-1) have lost five of their last seven but remain second in the Eastern Conference.

"In our plays tonight, we were very predictable," said New Jersey coach Jacques Lemaire. "I felt that offensively we were very easy to play against. All of our plays, there was hesitation on the pass. Against a team that can create a lot and is good with the puck, you can't play that way."

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

<p>Ottawa Senators Jason Spezza (R) celebrates his goal against the New Jersey Devils with teammate Shean Donovan (C) during the first period of their NHL game in Ottawa January 26, 2010. Also pictured is Devils Colin White (L). REUTERS/Chris Wattie</p>