PENGUINS HOLD ON FOR KEY WIN IN NEW JERSEY
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Penguins held off a furious New Jersey comeback for a 5-4 road win Friday night.
The Penguins have earned a point in their last 15 games (13-0-2). They are 6-0-2 in their last eight road games, which matches the franchise record for the longest streak of points in consecutive road games, which the Penguins established from March 14-April 14, 1993.
Jarkko Ruutu deflected a Josef Melichar shot past Martin Brodeur 3:02 into the contest. Mark Recchi fired a pass from the far wall to Melichar at the near circle. His shot at the net clanged off Ruutu’s stick and went into the goal.
Rob Scuderi gave the Penguins a 2-0 lead 2:17 later when his shot from the far face-off circle deflected off a Devils defender and into the net. Sidney Crosby fed Melichar a pass and he slid the puck over to Scuderi.
Jordan Staal found the back of the net with 2:06 left in the first period. Michel Ouellet backhanded a no-look pass from behind the Devils’ cage. On the near side of the Devils goal, Staal one-timed the puck into the goal. Evgeni Malkin was credited with an assist on the play as well.
New Jersey got on the scoreboard with 12:13 left in the second period when Brian Rafalski fired a puck past a screened Marc-Andre Fleury.
Crosby wristed a shot past Brodeur from the near face-off dot with 9:33 left in the period. Sergei Gonchar assisted on the power-play goal for the 4-1 lead.
Patrik Elias backhanded a shot past Fleury with 7:28 on the clock to slice the deficit to 4-2.
Ruutu found the back of the net with 3:08 left in the second period. On a 3-on-2, Dominic Moore’s shot was stopped by Brodeur, but Ruutu slammed in the rebound for the 5-2 lead. Ronald Petrovicky added an assist.
Zach Parise ripped in a rebound 2:38 into the third period for a power-play goal and a 5-3 score.
Travis Zajac’s long slap-shot with 11:10 to play deflected off Fleury’s glove and floated into the net to trim the deficit to 5-4.