NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at New Jersey|
(Thursday, January 20th)
Final Score: New Jersey 2, Pittsburgh 0
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Martin Brodeur turned away 23 shots as New
Jersey continued its best stretch of the season with a 2-0 victory over
Pittsburgh at Prudential Center.
Brian Rolston and Nick Palmieri potted first-period goals for the Devils, who
are 4-0-1 over their last five games.
"It's great, you can't ask for much more against a team like Pittsburgh," said
Palmieri about the victory. "They're a good team and we knew that going in. We
just stuck to our game plan and played well as a team."
Brodeur recorded his fourth shutout of the season and 114th of his career, the
most of any goaltender in NHL history.
Brent Johnson stopped 18 shots for the Penguins, who had a three-game win
Pittsburgh played without center Sidney Crosby for a seventh straight game
(3-3-1) as well as Evgeni Malkin, who sat out with a lower-body injury.
Rolston took a drop pass from Patrik Elias and ripped a slap shot past Johnson
from the top of the left circle just 82 seconds into the game to get the
Palmieri intercepted a pass behind the Penguins net and came around the left
side of the net to tuck a backhander between the legs of Johnson to give the
hosts a 2-0 edge slightly less than 10 minutes into the contest.
Brodeur denied six shots in the first period, seven more in the middle stanza
and 10 over the final 20 minutes to give the Devils their first win in three
tries against Pittsburgh this season.
"They slow the game down and that is not our style," Pittsburgh center Jordan
Staal said. "We want to play high-tempo and up-and-down hockey. The way they
clogged up the middle and took away our speed through the neutral zone makes
it real frustrating for our team."
Brodeur posted his eighth shutout of the Penguins, the second most of any
netminder against them. Bernie Parent blanked Pittsburgh 10 times during his
Hall of Fame career...Brodeur posted his 41st win in 73 career matchups versus
the Pens...Pittsburgh killed off all four New Jersey power plays and has now
successfully fended off 21 short-handed situations in a row on the road...The
Pens are 10-3-2 in their last 15 away from home.
01/21 00:17:56 ET