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  • New York Islanders' Matt Moulson, center, maneuvers the puck between the New Jersey Devils goalie Johan Hedberg, left, and Bryce Salvador during the second period of the NHL hockey game on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Sunday, February 03, 2013 6:55 pm

Hedberg, Bernier lead Devils over Isles 3-0

The Associated Press

Johan Hedberg made 22 saves for his 22nd career shutout, and Steve Bernier scored two of New Jersey's three third-period goals in the Devils' 3-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Sunday.

The game was scoreless until Bernier broke the deadlock with a power-play goal with 3:54 remaining. He doubled New Jersey's lead just 1:10 later, and David Clarkson sealed the win with an empty-net goal in the final minute as the Devils snapped a four-game losing streak (0-1-3).

Hedberg's biggest save came 8:08 into the third period when he denied Michael Grabner on a short-handed breakaway.

Evgeni Nabokov was strong in making 24 saves for New York. His best stop was 2:05 into the second when he snared a drive by Patrik Elias following Brian Strait's giveaway in the Islanders zone.

The teams took turns controlling playing throughout the first 55 minutes. New York outshot the Devils 10-7 in a high-tempo first period, and New Jersey clamped down on defense in the second.

New Jersey killed all seven New York power plays. The Islanders stifled the Devils' first two advantages before Bernier broke through with the winning goal on New Jersey's third power play.

NOTES: New York scratched defensemen Joe Finley and Radek Martinek, and RW Colin McDonald. New Jersey scratched defensemen Peter Harrold and Henrik Tallinder, and C Stefan Matteau. .The Islanders and Devils will play twice more this season - Feb. 16 at Nassau Coliseum, and April 1 in New Jersey. ... The announced attendance was 11,558.