NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Pittsburgh
(Saturday, October 24th)
Final Score: New Jersey 4, Pittsburgh 1
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Zach Parise, Nicklas Bergfors, and Travis Zajac each had a goal and an assist, as the New Jersey Devils brought Pittsburgh's seven-game winning streak to an end with a 4-1 victory in an Atlantic Division clash at Mellon Arena.
Mark Fraser scored his first NHL goal for the Devils, who have won their first five road games of the year for the first time in club history. Martin Brodeur stopped 32-of-33 shots for New Jersey, which has won three in a row.
Alex Goligoski had the lone score for the Penguins, who lost their first game since a 3-0 defeat to Phoenix on October 7. Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 22- of-26 shots in his first defeat of the season.
"It's one of those nights you don't ever want to happen...There's another game in a couple of days. We'll get back on the horse," Penguins forward Bill Guerin said.
The Devils drew first blood at the 9:50 mark of the first period. Bergfors controlled the disc behind the net and slid a pass into the left circle for Fraser, whose wrister deflected off Fleury and into the net.
"We've been practicing a lot of our shots from the point lately," Fraser said. "I just saw a chance to step up, Bergfors had it, looked for me, and it was perfect. I kind of fanned on it a bit, but it still went in," Fraser said of his goal.
Bergfors' power-play goal with 5:29 to play in the second gave New Jersey a 2-0 lead. Bergfors' shot from the left circle set up a rebound in front for Rod Pelley, who fired a shot that squeezed through Fleury's five-hole. As the disc trickled behind Fleury's pads, Bergfors came from behind the net to chip the puck past the line.
The Devils took advantage of a turnover early in the third to take a 3-0 lead. After the Penguins turned the disc over in their own zone, Parise gathered the loose puck at left circle and fired a shot on goal. The disc deflected off Fleury and set up a rebound for Zajac, who chipped the puck into a half empty net.
Brodeur's shot at his 103rd career shutout came to an end at the 9:36 mark of the third, when Goligoski lit the lamp off a rebound. Brodeur remains at 102 shutouts in his storied career. Hall-of-Famer Terry Sawchuk holds the all-time regular season record with 103 during a 21-season career.
Parise's goal with 3:28 remaining accounted for the final margin.
New Jersey split its six meetings with the Penguins last season, losing two of three in Pittsburgh...The Pens dropped to 4-2-0 at Mellon Arena this year...Fleury was a perfect 8-0-0 with a 1.96 goals-against average on the season coming into Saturday.
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