NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Pittsburgh
(Thursday, March 8th)
Final Score: New Jersey 4, Pittsburgh 3 (SO)
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Patrik Elias scored the game-deciding goal as the New Jersey Devils beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3, in a shootout.
Andy Greene, Sergei Brylin and Travis Zajac all tallied for the Devils, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist for the Penguins, who had won three of their last four games coming in. Sergei Gonchar and Michel Ouellet both added a goal for Pittsburgh, which fell two points behind Ottawa with the loss.
"We didn't spend enough time in their zone in the first of second period," said Penguins assistant coach Andre Savard. "We certainly did in the third but we want to do that in all three periods. They're a tight checking team so it's not easy to come back and we did so that's a very positive thing."
Elias, a left-handed shooter, swung far right and slipped the puck past Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury while skating by on an angle.
Erik Christensen, Malkin and Sidney Crosby were all turned away by Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, who won his 40th game of the season.
The Devils extended their Atlantic Division lead to eight points with the win.
"We were a couple of men short and a lot of guys got a lot of ice time," said Devils coach Claude Julien. "It was nice to see everybody come up with a good strong effort, everybody competed hard."
The Penguins tied the game at three on Ouellet's tally with 3:38 remaining. New Jersey's Scott Gomez committed a costly turnover behind his own net as Malkin took control and found Ouellet, whose slap shot beat Brodeur high to the stick side.
Greene's power play goal knotted the game at 1-1 early in the second period.
Brylin's tally later in the period gave New Jersey its first lead.
Gonchar's short-handed goal with 13:28 left in the third period tied the game at 2-2.
Moments later Zajac scored on a rebound off a Jamie Langenbrunner shot. The goal put New Jersey ahead 3-2 but the lead didn't last long.
Greene scored his first career goal...Brian Rafalski had an assist for New Jersey. It was his 300th career point...Brodeur has won 40 games for the sixth time. He is the only goaltender to win 40 games in consecutive seasons on multiple occasions.
03/09 01:30:57 ET