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Tuesday, October 24th (All times eastern)

New Jersey Devils (4-3-1) at Pittsburgh Penguins (4-3-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Pittsburgh Penguins shoot for their third consecutive win tonight when they host the New Jersey Devils at Mellon Arena.

The Pens have defeated the Islanders and Blue Jackets during the spurt, as Evgeni Malkin continues to live up to the hype. Malkin has scored in all three games since debuting, including Saturday's 4-3 win over Columbus.

Jordan Staal had a pair of short-handed goals, one on a penalty shot, to help lift the Pens. Sergei Gonchar and Michel Ouellet each had a goal and an assist for Pittsburgh, while goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 36 shots in the contest.

As for Malkin, he became the first NHL rookie to score in his first three games since Jan Caloun in 1995-96 with the San Jose Sharks. The last NHL player to find the net in his first four games was the Rangers Steven King in December 1992.

The Pens will visit Philadelphia on Saturday.

New Jersey, meanwhile, has lost two straight games, including Saturday's 8-1 pounding at the hands of Ottawa. The Senators used a five-goal second period to anchor the triumph.

Martin Brodeur suffered through one of the worst outings of his career, getting torched for six goals on 26 shots before he was pulled late in the second period. Scott Clemmensen took over for Brodeur and gave up two goals on 12 shots.

Brian Gionta scored the lone goal for New Jersey, which has dropped three of its last four games overall. Gionta leads the team with seven goals and 12 points.

The Devils will host Florida on Thursday.

New Jersey defeated Pittsburgh on October 18, in Malkin's debut, and has won six of the last nine meetings overall.

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