NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at New Jersey
(Friday, December 1st)
Final Score: New Jersey 5, Pittsburgh 2
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Patrik Elias scored a goal and added two assists to lead the New Jersey Devils past the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-2, at Continental Airlines Arena.
Jamie Langenbrunner added a goal and an assist for the Devils, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Brian Rafalski had two helpers and Martin Brodeur turned aside 23 shots in the victory.
Rookie Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist for the Penguins, who have lost four of their last five games. Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals on eight shots and was pulled in the second period. Jocelyn Thibault replaced Fleury and finished with 18 saves.
"Nothing went the way I wanted it to," said Fleury. "It is tough to lose like that. There were some bad bounces that didn't help but I should have had some of them."
The Penguins struck first, scoring 1:14 after the opening faceoff. Malkin passed the puck up to Erik Christensen, who skated into the New Jersey zone up the left wing. From the left circle, Christensen threw a harmless shot on net and the puck handcuffed Brodeur, slipping past the netminder on the far side.
The Devils tied the game at 1-1 with a power-play goal by Langenbrunner at 3:36 of the opening period. From the top of the point, Langenbrunner ripped a slap shot that hit off Fleury's blocker and into the net.
New Jersey went up 2-1 after Elias raced into the Pittsburgh zone up the left boards and, from the circle, fluttered a wrister that deflected off a Penguins' defender in front and past Fleury at 11:59 of the first.
Malkin tied the contest at 2-2, scoring his 13th goal of the season just 42 seconds into the second stanza.
New Jersey then scored three unanswered goals en route to victory.
A goal by Jay Pandolfo at 7:31 of the second put the Devils back in front at 3-2. From the right circle, Pandolfo cranked a slap shot and the puck trickled through the pads of Fleury and over the goal line for his third goal of the campaign.
"We settled down and played really well in the second and third period," said Pandolfo. "If we can continue to do that, we should get better and better and get more confidence."
New Jersey went up two goals after Travis Zajac scored his sixth goal of the season at the 10:35 mark of the second. Zajac's goal ended Fleury's night as Thibault replaced him.
Brian Gionta tallied a power-play goal at the 6:22 mark of the final frame to give the Devils a three-goal cushion.
The Devils improved to 9-1-1 at the Meadowlands this season...New Jersey went 2-for-4 on the power play while Pittsburgh did not score in four chances with the man advantage...Pittsburgh defenseman Sergei Gonchar had two assists...Malkin was named the NHL Rookie of the Month for November on Friday...Attendance was 13,890.
12/01 23:36:18 ET