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New Jersey Devils' Andy Greene and Islanders' John (Credit: AP)

New Jersey Devils' Andy Greene and Islanders' John Tavares battle for control of the puck during the first period. (March 8, 2012)

Devils 5, Islanders 1

Ilya Kovalchuk scored three goals to record his second hat trick in just over three weeks to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 5-1 victory over the Islanders on Thursday night.

New Jersey Devils' Adam Henrique collides with Islanders'
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New Jersey Devils' Adam Henrique collides with Islanders' Milan Jurcina during the third period. (March 8, 2012)

New Jersey Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk hugs goaltender Martin
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New Jersey Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk hugs goaltender Martin Brodeur after they defeated the New York Islanders. (March 8, 2012)

New Jersey Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk celebrates with teammates
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New Jersey Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk celebrates with teammates Adam Larsson, Anton Volchenkov and Marek Zidlicky after scoring a hat trick. (March 8, 2012)

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New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur makes a
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New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur makes a blocker save during the third period. (March 8, 2012)

New Jersey Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk handles the puck
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New Jersey Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk handles the puck during the second period. (March 8, 2012)

New Jersey Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk skates by Islanders'
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New Jersey Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk skates by Islanders' Frans Nielsen during the second period. (March 8, 2012)

New Jersey Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk celebrates his goal
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New Jersey Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk celebrates his goal during the second period. (March 8, 2012)

Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov makes a save on
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Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov makes a save on a shot by New Jersey Devils' Alexei Ponikarovsky during the second period. (March 8, 2012)

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New Jersey Devils' Ilya Kovachuk is taken down
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New Jersey Devils' Ilya Kovachuk is taken down by Islanders' Steve Staios for a penalty as Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov looks on during the second period. (March 8, 2012)

New Jersey Devils' Andy Greene and Islanders' John
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New Jersey Devils' Andy Greene and Islanders' John Tavares battle for control of the puck during the first period. (March 8, 2012)

Islanders' David Ullstrom takes a shot past New
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Islanders' David Ullstrom takes a shot past New Jersey Devils' Andy Greene during the first period. (March 8, 2012)

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