Pittsburgh 5, New Jersey 2

Saturday, March 17, 2012 1:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Pittsburgh 44-21-2-3 24-8-2-0 20-13-0-3 W11
New Jersey 41-26-2-3 20-13-0-3 21-13-2-0 L1


PENGUINS 5, DEVILS 2: All-Star Evgeni Malkin scored his 40th goal of the season and captain Sidney Crosby had three helpers as Pittsburgh overpowered New Jersey for its 11th straight win.

Malkin’s marker capped off a three-goal middle frame that gave the Penguins a 4-1 lead. He one-timed a cross-ice pass from Crosby while on a power play to reach the 40-goal plateau for the second time in his career.

Matt Cooke scored his second of the game at 5:56 of the third period to give Pittsburgh its decisive 5-2 lead. It was Cooke’s second consecutive two-goal game and the tally nullified an earlier goal by New Jersey’s Petr Sykora.

Cooke was credited with his first goal of the contest when Crosby’s pass deflected in off his skate. Crosby carried the puck into the Devils’ zone against three defenders, but still managed to find Cooke with a backhand pass.

James Neal opened the scoring for Pittsburgh with his 32nd goal of the season 1:59 into the contest. Andy Greene later knotted the game at 1-1 with his first of the season for the Devils.

Pascal Dupuis scored his 20th of the season at 10:10 to give the Penguins a 2-1 lead.

GAME NOTEBOOK: New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur stopped Chris Kunitz on a penalty shot in the first period. … The Penguins outshot the Devils 17-4 in the third period and 43-14 overall. … Greene’s tally – his first in 52 games – snapped New Jersey’s drought of almost 148 minutes without a goal. … Jordan Staal has 10 assists in his last 10 games. … Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury snapped a personal three-game losing streak against the Devils.

Top Game Performances

Pittsburgh   New Jersey
Sidney Crosby 3 Points Andy Greene 2
Matt Cooke 2 Goals Andy Greene 1
Sidney Crosby 3 Assists Andy Greene 1
Evgeni Malkin 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Marc-Andre Fleury .857 Save Percentage Martin Brodeur .886
Marc-Andre Fleury 12 Saves Martin Brodeur 39

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Pittsburgh 44 5 1-3 3-3 8 29
New Jersey 14 2 0-3 2-3 48 29

Upcoming Games

  • New Jersey will play its next game on the road against NY Rangers. The Devils have a W/L % of .571 after a win and .567 after a loss.
  • Pittsburgh will play its next game on the road against Philadelphia. The Penguins have a W/L % of .674 after a win and .556 after a loss.
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