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Devils roll to fifth straight

2/11/2013

With back-to-back wins against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Devils have put together an impressive five-game winning streak -- their longest of the 2013 season. New Jersey now leads the Eastern Conference with 19 points, two points ahead of the Boston Bruins and three points ahead of the Penguins.

During that span, the Devils have surrendered only five goals. How did they fare in the last pair against Superstar Sid?

Despite registering 10 shots on goal over the past two games against the reigning Eastern Conference champs, Crosby was held off the scoresheet. His struggles against the Devils marked the first time he was pointless in consecutive games this season.

Among the top performers for the Devils?

Unrestricted free agent-to-be David Clarkson racked up two goals and one assist Sunday, pushing his point total to 15 (nine goals, six assists) through 12 games. The gritty 28-year-old winger, coming off a career-high 30-goal season, leads the Devils in scoring.

Backup goaltender Johan Hedberg has also been superb for New Jersey.

The 39-year-old Swede has stopped 72 of 74 shots faced this season for a dazzling .973 save percentage in three games played this season.

With ESPN.com's power rankings coming out soon, expect the Devils to continue climbing.