NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Pittsburgh|
(Monday, November 12th)
Final Score: New Jersey 3, Pittsburgh 2
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Patrik Elias scored the deciding goal and
added an assist, as the New Jersey Devils edged the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-2,
at Mellon Arena.
Zach Parise netted the 50th goal of his career and also had a helper for the
Devils, who had dropped three of four coming in. Travis Zajac had the team's
other marker, and Kevin Weekes made 23 saves in net.
"He's played well in every game he's been in," New Jersey coach Brent Sutter
said. "Every game he's played in he's played well and tonight he played well
for us again. That's what we needed."
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin had a goal each for Pittsburgh, which has lost
four in a row and six of seven. Dany Sabourin turned away 18 shots in a losing
"It's easy to look at the way things have gone the last few games and be
typical and be negative," Crosby said. "But the fact is we probably played our
best game in the last few, and deserved to win that one. But it just didn't
The Penguins dug themselves out of a 2-0 hole to knot the contest and add
suspense to the end of the game.
Crosby sliced the Penguins' deficit in half 26 ticks into the middle stanza,
swooping in from the left wing to the front of the net before tucking a
forehand try through the pads of Weekes.
Malkin tied it midway through the final stanza with a heavy slapshot from the
top of the right circle.
Elias, though, countered with a tally of his own with 5:23 remaining to put
the Devils back in front. New Jersey broke out on a 3-on-2 following a
Pittsburgh turnover, with Brian Gionta flying into the zone along the right
wing before sending a cross-ice pass to Elias.
The winger quickly snapped a shot from the left side of the net that
found room short-side for a 3-2 Devils lead.
Weekes was able to keep Pittsburgh off the board the rest of the way.
New Jersey opened the scoring 4:40 into the contest, as Zajac received a feed
from Parise in the left circle and flicked a wrist shot through the five-hole.
Parise lit the lamp himself less than six minutes later for a 2-0 Devils lead.
With New Jersey set up on a power play, Gionta moved from behind the net and
sent the disc through the crease. Parise was there to hammer it home for a 2-0
Devils netminder Martin Brodeur, who got the night off, remains one win shy of
becoming just the second goaltender in league history to reach 500 victories,
joining Patrick Roy (551)...Crosby has recorded a point in a career-best 17
straight games, while Malkin extended his point streak to 11
games...Pittsburgh has dropped four straight at home.
11/13 00:14:51 ET