NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at New Jersey
(Friday, November 21st)
Final Score: New Jersey 2, Pittsburgh 1 (OT)
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Patrik Elias scored his second goal of the game 39 seconds into overtime to spoil a brilliant performance by Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, as the New Jersey Devils extended their unbeaten streak to 11 games with a 2-1 victory over the Penguins at the Meadowlands.
Fleury, an 18-year-old rookie in just his 12th NHL start, finished with 31 saves and only his outstanding play kept the Penguins in the contest. Dick Tarnstrom scored the lone goal for Pittsburgh in the closing seconds of regulation, as the Penguins lost their third straight and fell to 1-7-0 in their last eight -- all without Mario Lemieux, who is sidelined with a hip injury.
Elias was the only Devil to beat Fleury, as he scored early in the first period and won the game with a hard wrist shot from the top of the slot in the extra period. New Jersey has won four straight -- all at home -- and is 9-0-2 in its last 11 for the longest unbeaten streak in the league this season.
Martin Brodeur made 18 saves for the Devils and came within 27 seconds of his fourth shutout of the season. New Jersey has yielded just 13 goals during its 11-game unbeaten streak.
Pittsburgh was given a power play with 1:26 remaining in the third period when Turner Stevenson was called for high-sticking, and the Penguins pulled Fleury for a 6-on-4 skating advantage with just under a minute left.
Brodeur covered up a deflected shot with 44 seconds to play, but the Penguins won the ensuing draw and set up for the tying goal.
Aleksey Morozov had the puck in the right corner and sent a pass toward the net. The puck made its way through to the left side of the crease for Tarnstrom, who quickly snapped a shot past Brodeur for his third goal of the season.
The Devils, though, won it in the first minute of the extra period when Elias skated into the Pittsburgh zone with only Pittsburgh's Drake Berehowsky back. Elias used the defenseman as a screen and beat Fleury with a high wrist shot for his fifth goal of the season.
"[Brian] Rafalski gave me a good feed," Elias said. "I was glad it went in. It wasn't a great shot."
Elias scored just 3:45 into the contest for the first goal. Christian Berglund skated into the Pittsburgh zone along the right wing and faked a shot to draw Fleury out of the crease. Berglund then sent a pass to the left circle for Elias, who directed a shot into the empty side of the cage.
Fleury, though, was outstanding the remainder of the period and finished with 13 saves in the opening 20 minutes. His teammates mustered just five shots on Brodeur.
Brodeur got some help from his defense just over two minutes into the second period when he just got a piece of a shot and the puck trickled behind him. Scott Niedermayer, however, was in position to sweep the puck out of the crease.
New Jersey continued its domination in the second period, taking seven of the first eight shots, but Pittsburgh generated some offense late in the stanza and had a couple of good chances turned aside by Brodeur.
Brodeur's best save came midway through the third period on a Pittsburgh power play when he kicked out the left pad to turn aside a backhander from in close by Konstantin Koltsov.
Fleury, meanwhile, kept it a one-goal game with just over four minutes to play by making a brilliant glove save on a right-circle blast by John Madden.
Elias has a five-game point streak...New Jersey defenseman Scott Stevens played in his 935th game as a Devil, surpassing assistant coach John MacLean for sole possession of second place on the club's all-time games played list. Retired defenseman Ken Daneyko holds the team record for appearing in 1,283 games in a New Jersey sweater. Stevens also now needs one game to tie Larry Murphy for most games played (1,615) by a defenseman in NHL history...The Penguins have been outscored 27-4 in the first period this season.
11/22 01:56:25 ET