NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at New Jersey
(Wednesday, December 10th)
Final Score: New Jersey 4, Pittsburgh 1
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Scott Clemmensen made 26 saves, leading the New Jersey Devils to a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in an Atlantic Division clash at Prudential Center.
Travis Zajac, Zach Parise and Dainius Zubrus each scored a goal for the surging Devils, who have won eight of their last nine games.
Matt Cooke had the lone tally, while Dany Sabourin allowed three goals on 31 shots for the Penguins, who have dropped three in a row and four of five games overall.
Following an exciting, but scoreless, opening 20 minutes, Zajac gave the Devils a 1-0 lead late in the second period.
With the clubs skating 4-on-4, Zajac gained entry to the attacking zone and ripped a shot off the shin pad of Pittsburgh defenseman Rob Scuderi, causing the puck to miss its intended target. The disc caromed off the end boards and came out the near post past Sabourin. Zajac followed up his initial chance by driving hard to the net and hammering home the puck with 2:21 remaining.
Parise then provided some breathing room, redirecting a point shot by Bryce Salvador up and over the right shoulder of Sabourin at the 2:18 mark of the third period.
Zubrus made it 3-0 with 9:48 to play, and Cooke spoiled Clemmensen's shutout bid with four minutes left in the game.
Patrik Elias added an empty-net tally in the final minute for New Jersey.
Parise leads the Devils in goals with 16...Salvador recorded two assists before leaving the game late in the third period after he was struck in the face by a puck...Jamie Langenbrunner and Colin White also collected two assists for New Jersey...The Devils have won four straight in Newark and are 8-4-1 at home this season...Pittsburgh is 8-5-2 as the road team...New Jersey has won two of the three meetings against the Penguins in 2008-09...Penguins right wing Tim Wallace made his NHL debut.
12/10 22:11:07 ET