New Jersey 3, Pittsburgh 1

Saturday, December 31, 2011 3:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Pittsburgh 21-13-2-2 11-4-2-0 10-9-0-2 L2
New Jersey 21-15-0-1 10-6-0-1 11-9-0-0 W2


Martin Brodeur turned aside 29 shots as the host New Jersey Devils defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in a Saturday matinee.

Brodeur was sharp from start to finish as he earned his 43rd career victory against the Penguins. His only blemish came on a Chris Kunitz power-play goal near the midway point of the third period.

The Devils gave him all the offense he would need with a pair of first-period goals.

Ilya Kovalchuk opened the scoring on a penalty shot at 14:43 - his 12th goal of the campaign - and David Clarkson extended the advantage with 24 seconds remaining in the period by banging home a rebound of a Patrik Elias shot with New Jersey on a power play.

Zach Parise added an empty netter with 49 seconds remaining as the Devils won for the seventh time in the last nine games.

Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 18 shots for the Penguins, who have lost two in a row following a four-game winning streak.

Top Game Performances

Pittsburgh   New Jersey
Chris Kunitz 1 Points Ilya Kovalchuk 3
Chris Kunitz 1 Goals Ilya Kovalchuk 1
Matt Niskanen 1 Assists Ilya Kovalchuk 2
Chris Kunitz 1 Power Play Goals David Clarkson 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Marc-Andre Fleury .900 Save Percentage Martin Brodeur .967
Marc-Andre Fleury 18 Saves Martin Brodeur 29

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Pittsburgh 30 1 1-4 5-6 12 25
New Jersey 21 3 1-6 3-4 8 26

Upcoming Games

  • New Jersey will play its next game on the road against Ottawa. The Devils have a W/L % of .524 after a win and .625 after a loss.
  • Pittsburgh will play its next game at home against NY Rangers. The Penguins have a W/L % of .524 after a win and .588 after a loss.
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