NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at New Jersey
(Friday, December 26th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 1, New Jersey 0
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 37 shots he faced to post his first shutout of the season, as Pittsburgh clipped New Jersey, 1-0, at the Prudential Center.
"I want to do my part and help out," Fleury said. "I try to do [well], make some saves, keep the game close and it came out good tonight."
Ruslan Fedotenko provided the lone goal for the Penguins, who have won three of five.
Scott Clemmensen made 17 saves in the hard-luck loss for the Devils, who have suffered their second straight home blanking after Boston won, 2-0, on Tuesday. New Jersey had not been held without a goal in back-to-back games since January 26-27, 2006, falling to the Lightning and Panthers on the road.
"I'm not going to complain," Clemmensen said. "We've won games when I've given up five goals. That's how it is. You don't worry about those things as a goalie. Just try to do what you can and give you team a chance to win."
Fedotenko converted a drop pass from Evgeni Malkin for the game's first and only goal with 7:09 left in the second period.
The Devils nearly equalized on the power play a little more than two minutes later, but a David Clarkson stuffer around a mass of bodies in the crease was kicked out by Pens defenseman Mark Eaton a fraction of a second before the puck totally crossed the goal line.
New Jersey squandered a power-play chance with Petr Sykora off for hooking with a little more than seven minutes to play in the game, then Fleury kept the home team off the board with pad saves on a short-handed break by Jay Pandolfo and a one-timer from 25 feet by Jamie Langenbrunner with four minutes remaining.
The Devils briefly had a man advantage after Ryan Whitney was caught playing with a broken stick at 18:56, but a slashing call on Brian Gionta 10 seconds later squashed any comeback effort.
A scoreless first period saw Fleury stop 12 shots and Clemmensen halt five chances.
The Penguins improved to 6-1-1 in their last eight road games against New Jersey...Malkin, who leads the NHL with 59 points, has recorded a point in 20 of the last 24 games...Pittsburgh had not posted a road shutout since March 25, 2008 against the Devils...Fleury notched his 12th career whitewash...New Jersey had never been blanked in consecutive home games since moving from Denver in 1982. However, Hartford registered a 3-0 win on March 10, 1983 and Calgary won 7-0 on March 14 of that year, with a road game in Montreal in between.
12/27 00:07:50 ET