NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Pittsburgh
(Tuesday, January 20th)
Final Score: New Jersey 3, Pittsburgh 0
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Turner Stevenson tallied two goals and an assist and Scott Clemmensen recorded a shutout in his first career start, as the New Jersey Devils blanked the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-0, at the Igloo.
Clemmensen, a rookie who was recalled from New Jersey's top affiliate in Albany earlier Tuesday, turned aside all 25 shots he faced in the victory. He received the nod after Corey Schwab injured his groin during practice on Monday.
"We just made the decision of who the best goalie was there (Albany)," said New Jersey head coach Pat Burns. "It worked out."
Jeff Friesen also scored for New Jersey, which won its second straight game and has earned a point in four of the last five (3-1-1). Coupled with Philadelphia's 4-1 loss to Montreal, the Devils moved within two points of the Flyers for first place in the Atlantic Division.
The Devils, who have now won seven straight in Pittsburgh, played without defenseman Scott Stevens for the sixth straight game. The veteran blueliner will most likely continue to be out of the lineup for the next week with what is believed to be post-concussion syndrome.
Jean-Sebastien Aubin allowed three goals on 19 shots for Pittsburgh, which lost its fourth consecutive game.
New Jersey took a 1-0 lead midway through the opening period. Skating into the zone 3-on-3, Sergei Brylin stick handled across the blue line and found Friesen streaking down the left-wing side.
Friesen then carried the puck toward the net and fed a pass across the goal mouth before Stevenson redirected home his fourth goal of the season from the top of the crease at 9:27.
"The first period he saved us," Burns said of Clemmensen and his 13 first- period saves. "We weren't very good. Actually, we weren't very good as a whole. He made some key saves...he had to come up big at certain times."
At the 2:13 mark of the second period, Friesen's 200th career goal gave the Devils a two-goal lead.
With under four minutes to play in the middle stanza, Stevenson's second goal of the night gave the defending Stanley Cup champions a 3-0 edge.
The Devils caused a turnover along the right half-wall, and Stevenson was in position to pick up the loose disc. He then walked in and beat Aubin with a wrister through the five-hole from the right circle at 16:53.
Holding the three-goal advantage, the Devils played a defensive third period and cruised to the easy victory. New Jersey is 4-3-1 in its last eight overall.
The Devils now have three goaltenders who have posted shutouts this season. Starter Martin Brodeur, who has started all but four of the Devils games this season, served as Clemmensen's backup and leads the league with nine, and regular second-stringer Schwab has one. His was also against the Penguins on December 27...The Penguins have lost eight of their last nine home games...The Devils are 4-1 against the Penguins this season and have captured 11 of the previous 13 matchups in this series...Clemmensen's only prior experience at the NHL level came in October of 2001, when he allowed one goal in 20 minutes of play for the Devils versus Washington. He is the first NHL goalie to post a shutout in the first start of his career since Chicago's Michael Leighton blanked Phoenix on January 8 of last season...New Jersey finished scoreless on two power-play chances, while the Pens were 0-for-4 with the extra skater.
01/20 23:55:26 ET