NHL: New Jersey 5, Tampa Bay 2

TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Ilya Kovalchuk scored twice Friday and began a stretch of four unanswered goals in the first period that carried New Jersey to a 5-2 win over Tampa Bay.

The Devils ended an 11-game road losing streak, winning away from home for the first time since Nov. 3.


Steven Stamkos opened the scoring for Tampa Bay, producing his 32nd goal of the season and moving into a tie for the league lead in that department with Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby.

New Jersey, however, ran off the next four scores and began the outburst when Kovalchuk put a slap shot past Dwayne Roloson. Brian Rolston, Patrik Elias and Travis Zajac added goals in the first period, driving Roloson from the game.

Kovalchuk's second goal finished the scoring with 6:20 to play in the third.

Roloson gave up four goals on nine shots before being replaced by Dan Ellis, who made 15 saves the rest of the way.

Martin Brodeur got the win by stopping 30 shots.

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