NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Pittsburgh
(Wednesday, November 21st)
Final Score: New Jersey 2, Pittsburgh 1
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Zach Parise scored a pair of power-play goals and Martin Brodeur made 25 saves, as the New Jersey Devils held on for a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Igloo.
Jamie Langenbrunner assisted on both goals for New Jersey, which has won consecutive games for the first time since October 31 and November 2. The Devils will try for their first three-game win streak of the season on Friday in Atlanta.
Evgeni Malkin scored the lone goal for the Penguins, who have lost two in a row and six of their last seven to fall into the basement of the Atlantic Division -- two points behind the Devils.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves in defeat and Sidney Crosby failed to register a point for the first time since the season-opener.
The Devils were in control with a 2-0 lead in the third period, but a costly turnover turned the momentum.
Johnny Oduya lost control of the puck as he tried to skate it out from behind his own net. Malkin was the beneficiary. He moved in alone on Brodeur and snapped a shot from the slot past the goaltender on the stick side for his eighth goal of the season at the 7:11 mark.
The Devils then took three penalties over the next 5 1/2 minutes, but managed to keep the Pens off the board. Brodeur made a big pad stop on a point shot by Sergei Gonchar during Pittsburgh's 29-second two-man advantage during the stretch.
Brodeur, coming off his 500th career victory in the team's last outing on Saturday in Philadelphia, preserved the victory with a huge glove save on Kristopher Letang, who walked right around Devils defenseman Colin White in the slot for the point-blank attempt with 3:10 to play.
"Some of the saves he made were unbelievable," said Parise. "That's why he's the best right there."
The Devils scored the only goal of the first period, cashing in on a power play with 5:10 left in the stanza.
Moments after a 5-on-3 skating advantage expired, Langenbrunner took a feed from Brian Gionta and faked a shot from the high slot. Langenbrunner, instead, made a perfect feed to the right side of the crease for Parise, who snapped a shot past Fleury for his seventh goal of the season.
Brodeur made the one-goal lead stand up with some brilliant work in the second period.
Jordan Staal was robbed by Brodeur's left pad about 6 1/2 minutes into the frame and former New Jersey teammate Petr Sykora was twice stoned by Brodeur with about 8 1/2 minutes remaining. Brodeur made a pad save in front and while lying prone on the ice well out of the crease made a glove save in the same sequence.
Crosby had the best chance with 2 1/2 minutes left, skating in alone on a shorthanded breakaway, but Brodeur was able to deny the attempt.
The Devils scored on another power play just 2:33 into the third to make it a 2-0 game. Langenbrunner wound up for a shot from the left point and the puck deflected off a couple of bodies and sticks in front before going into the right circle for Parise, who fired a shot home.
Crosby had scored in 19 straight games, with 11 goals and 19 assists in that span...Malkin extended his point streak to 14 games, with six goals and 15 assists...The Devils were 2-for-6 on the power play and killed off each of Pittsburgh's four chances with the extra skater...White played for first time this season after recovering from an eye injury...The game featured a fight just two seconds into the contest, as New Jersey's David Clarkson and Pittsburgh's Ryan Malone quickly dropped the gloves...The Devils have won three of the four meetings this season and the road team has won the last eight matchups.
11/22 00:22:47 ET