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The Devils obviously will not be playing postseason hockey this year.

Yet, somehow they still managed to claim the season series from the Eastern Conference's top team.

New Jersey came from 2-0 down to send its home crowd out with a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night at Prudential Center.

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Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

It might not have been as thorough or impressive a win as Saturday, but tonight was certainly an important and necessary moment in the Devils' season. A home-and-home sweep of a Penguins team that came in on a five-game winning streak? Yeah. Solid weekend for the Devils. Some thoughts...

Diversify yo' game: David Clarkson goes in the corners. David Clarkson screens the goalie. David Clarkson backchecks and forechecks. David Clarkson beats goalies high glove side from the slot. David Clarkson bangs home rebounds. Seriously, how good is David Clarkson? He absolutely does it all. He is the epitome of what you want in a true power forward in a game devoid of them. He has the skill and the speed to gather a bouncing puck at his own blue line and skate it into the offensive zone, the strength to keep his balance despite a backchecking defenseman and the deft hands to find open net on a goalie's glove side while skating through the slot. The Son of Clark might be the Devils' second-best offensive player behind Ilya Kovalchuk and you better believe that man is going to paid a salary commensurate with that skill set and level of play.

Tags: DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Evgeni Malkin, Geno, Ilya Kovalchuk, Johan Hedberg, Kovalchuk, Kovy, Moose, New Jersey Devils, Penguins, Pens, Pete DeBoer, Pittsburgh Penguins, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Sid, Sid the Kid, Sidney Crosby, Son of Clark
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