Pittsburgh 5, New Jersey 2

Sunday, March 25, 2012 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
New Jersey 42-28-2-4 20-13-0-4 22-15-2-0 L2
Pittsburgh 47-22-3-3 27-8-2-0 20-14-1-3 W1


PENGUINS 5, DEVILS 2: Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were among five players with a goal and an assist apiece as Pittsburgh topped New Jersey to extend its home winning streak to 10 games.

Chris Kunitz, Jordan Staal and Pascal Dupuis also scored a goal and set up another while Marc-Andre Fleury made 32 saves for the Penguins, who improved to 14-1-1 in their last 16 contests. Pittsburgh climbed within one point of the New York Rangers for first place in the Eastern Conference.

With the Penguins leading 3-1 after 40 minutes, Ilya Kovalchuk converted a pass from Travis Zajac just over 3 1/2 minutes into the third to get the Devils within one. Zajac was in the lineup for the first time since Jan. 2 due to an Achilles tendon injury.

Crosby restored the two-goal advantage 78 seconds later when he broke in alone from the top of the slot and beat Devils netminder Martin Brodeur low to the stick side. The captain has collected 13 points in seven games since returning from concussion-like symptoms.

Malkin, who leads the NHL with 97 points, sealed the win with an empty-net goal late in the third. It was the 46th tally for Malkin, who trails Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos by six for the league lead.

Brodeur turned aside 23 shots for the Devils, who have scored two goals or less in six straight road contests. New Jersey, which has lost five of seven overall and four of six away from home, remained six points behind fifth-place Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Staal's goal was his 23rd this season, his highest total since scoring 29 as a rookie in 2006-07. ... New Jersey has lost five of its last six visits to Pittsburgh. ... The Devils are four points ahead of Ottawa for sixth in the conference. ... Malkin, who was kept off the scoresheet in Saturday's loss to Ottawa, has gone two games without a point only three times this season. He has registered eight goals and eight assists over his last eight contests.

Top Game Performances

New Jersey   Pittsburgh
Ilya Kovalchuk 1 Points Sidney Crosby 2
Ilya Kovalchuk 1 Goals Sidney Crosby 1
Alexei Ponikarovsky 1 Assists Sidney Crosby 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Martin Brodeur .852 Save Percentage Marc-Andre Fleury .941
Martin Brodeur 23 Saves Marc-Andre Fleury 32

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
New Jersey 34 2 0-2 4-4 10 29
Pittsburgh 28 5 0-4 2-2 6 36

Upcoming Games

  • Pittsburgh will play its next game at home against NY Islanders. The Penguins have a W/L % of .652 after a win and .586 after a loss.
  • New Jersey will play its next game at home against Chicago. The Devils have a W/L % of .558 after a win and .545 after a loss.
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