Ilya Kovalchuk scored his 400th career goal and Johan Hedberg recorded his fourth shutout of the season as the Devils beat the Senators in Ottawa 1-0 Tuesday.
Snapping a scoreless draw, Kovalchuk one-timed a no-look pass from defenseman Marek Zidlicky to give the Devils a power-play goal and 1-0 lead at 17:20 of the second. The 28-year-old sniper became the third fastest player to reach the 400-goal milestone. Only Teemu Selanne and Jaromir Jagr reached the mark in fewer games.
Meanwhile, Hedberg continues to prove he is one of, if not the best, backups in the league with a staunch 34-save effort to help the Devils secure a vital two points in the Eastern Conference standings. New Jersey, currently in the 6th spot, pulled within three points of 5th-place Philadelphia, although the Flyers have one game in hand.