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Devils slip past Isles to begin Eastern Conference defense

Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - David Clarkson scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period, as the reigning Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils opened their season with a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday at Nassau Coliseum.

Travis Zajac, fresh off signing a long-term deal earlier this week, also tallied a goal, while Martin Brodeur turned away 18 shots for the Devils, who made a thrilling run to the Stanley Cup Finals last season before losing to the Los Angeles Kings in six games.

Travis Hamonic registered a power play goal in the setback, while Evgeni Nabokov notched 26 saves for the Islanders, who finished last season at the bottom of the Atlantic Division standings for the fifth consecutive year.

01/19 21:50:23 ET

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