NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Pittsburgh
(Tuesday, February 27th)
Final Score: New Jersey 1, Pittsburgh 0
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Martin Brodeur notched his NHL-leading 12th shutout of the season to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena.
Brodeur stopped 31 shots and Jamie Langenbrunner's power-play goal early in the second period provided all the offense needed for the Devils, who have won two straight and five of their last six overall. New Jersey increased its lead in the Atlantic Division to 11 points over these Penguins.
"Overall, we had everything going tonight and we played well," said Devils head coach Claude Julien. "Obviously Marty did good in net, but I thought everybody had a good effort."
Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves for the Penguins, who are now 1-3 after a streak of 17 consecutive games in which they earned at least one point (15-0-2).
"He was square to the puck (the entire game) and he played with a lot of confidence," said Penguins coach Michel Therrien of Fleury. "It's a good sign."
Both teams made trades prior to Tuesday's deadline.
The Penguins acquired veteran defenseman Gary Roberts from Florida for youngster Noah Welch, sent forward Daniel Carcillo and a third-round pick in the 2008 draft to the Coyotes for forward Georges Laraque and obtained blueliner Joel Kwiatkowski from the Florida Panthers in exchange for a 2007 fourth-round pick.
The only deal for New Jersey was a fairly minor one, as defenseman David Hale was traded to the Calgary Flames for a third-round draft pick in 2007.
Following a scoreless first period in which Brodeur made 12 saves, the Devils tallied the only goal just 33 seconds into the second on a power play that carried over. Mark Recchi was whistled for holding at 19:18 of the first and was in the penalty box while the Devils worked the puck around the perimeter.
Patrik Elias held control along the goal line to the right of the net and sent a pass along the near half-wall to Scott Gomez. Flanked by a Pittsburgh defender, Gomez quickly passed into the high slot, where a blazing one-timer by Langenbrunner beat Fleury. It was Langenbrunner's 21st goal of the season.
With 12:30 remaining in the second, Pittsburgh's Ryan Whitney hit the post before a great save by Brodeur several minutes later denied Recchi. Sidney Crosby passed from behind the net near the left post into the crease for Recchi's one-timer, but Brodeur's glove was quicker.
After Sergei Gonchar hit the right post on a rocket slap shot early in the final stanza, Brodeur continued to shine and protected the one-goal lead with a glove save on Erik Christensen with under 14 minutes remaining. Christensen released a hard wrister from inside the left circle but could not beat Brodeur.
New Jersey nearly made it 2-0 with 12:20 to play, but Jay Pandolfo fired wide on a breakaway attempt.
Over a minute later, Crosby took several swipes at a loose puck from the right post during a scramble in front, but Brodeur eventually gained his balance and covered the puck with his glove.
Pittsburgh totaled 12 shots on goal in the third and had two power-play chances, but the Devils defense corps and Brodeur closed the door and skated away with the victory.
"We knew it was going to be a tight-checking game and it was," Julien added.
The Devils finished the month of February with a 10-3 record and will now return home for games against Toronto and Boston on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.
New Jersey has won five straight road games and also snapped Pittsburgh's eight-game home winning streak...Langenbrunner also scored the go-ahead goal during Sunday's 3-2 win over Washington...New Jersey forward Brian Gionta missed his seventh consecutive game due to a groin injury...The Pens were 0- for-5 on the power play. New Jersey had four power-play chances...Brodeur, who is currently third on the all-time list, established a career-high for shutouts in a season. It was also the 92nd of his incredible career...Attendance was 17,006.
02/28 00:53:32 ET