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NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Pittsburgh



(Thursday, November 12th)

Final Score: New Jersey 4, Pittsburgh 1

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Nicklas Bergfors recorded a goal and two assists, as the New Jersey Devils moved a step closer to sharing an NHL record with a 4-1 win over Pittsburgh at Mellon Arena.

Andy Greene, Zach Parise and David Clarkson also scored for the Devils, who have started the year with nine consecutive road victories. A win in Philadelphia on Monday will tie New Jersey with the 2006-07 Buffalo Sabres for the most wins away from home to start a season.

"We're playing smart, and we're playing our system well," Parise said. "When you have the ability to have younger guys step in and play and fill in the roles, it makes the game pretty simple for us."

Martin Brodeur made 25 stops for his 11th win this season.

Ruslan Fedotenko tallied for the Penguins, who slipped to their fourth consecutive defeat but managed to score a goal for the first time in three contests.

Marc-Andre Fleury allowed three goals on 24 shots for Pittsburgh, which had been shut out at San Jose and Boston.

Travis Zajac's dish to Parise resulted in the Devils' third goal of the contest at the 4:43 mark of the third period, and Brodeur managed to have a bit of luck help him keep New Jersey ahead.

Sidney Crosby had two chances within seconds to get the Penguins within a goal in the late stages of regulation. His first shot, a backhander while facing away from the net, was deflected but hit the left post. On the second, his one-timer off a dish from Jordan Staal deflected off a Devils defenseman and then off the right post as Brodeur scrambled to get into position.

"We worked hard for most of the game, and when you're down two it's normal to press and take risks," Crosby said. "I think we did exactly that. I think even before that we could have worked a little more smart and generated a few more chances."

Clarkson hit the empty net with 1.2 seconds remaining to lock up the game.

Fedotenko put the Pens on the board with 7:28 left in the first period, then Bergfors knotted the game for the Devils with 6:10 left in the second.

New Jersey went in front with 1:10 to play in the middle period, when Greene's power-play point blast caromed off a Pens' defenseman's skate in front and slid past Fleury.

Game Notes

The Devils have won both meetings this season, both at Mellon...The Penguins learned prior to the game that defenseman Brooks Orpik will miss at least two weeks with a lower-body injury...Crosby earned an assist to snap his five-game scoreless streak...Zajac posted three assists for the Devils.

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