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NHL: New Jersey 3, Columbus 0

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 20 (UPI) -- Martin Brodeur needed to make just 13 saves Sunday while extending his NHL career shutout record to 115 in bringing New Jersey a 3-0 win over Columbus.

The Devils halted a two-game skid and improved their record to 24-5-2 over their last 31 outings. Nevertheless, New Jersey is seven points behind Buffalo for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with Carolina and Toronto between the Devils and the Sabres.

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New Jersey scored in each period, the first two goals coming from David Clarkson. He tipped in a shot 9:24 into the game and put another one past Steve Mason 8:50 into the second.

Nick Palmieri completed the scoring at the 3:22 mark of the third.

Brodeur's shutout was his fifth of the season, marking the 12th time in his 18-year career he has reached that total. The all-time NHL victory leader won for the 623rd time.

Mason stopped 28 shots for the Blue Jackets, who have lost 10 out of their last 12.

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