DEVILS END PENGUINS' SHOOTOUT STREAK WITH 4-3 WIN
The shootout streak is over.
New Jersey handed the Penguins their first loss in their last eight overtime shootouts Thursday night with a 4-3 win in Pittsburgh.
Martin Brodeur turned away Erik Christensen, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby in the shootout, while Marc-Andre Fleury denied Zach Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner, but Patrik Elias beat Fleury for the shootout-winning goal. Fleury had stopped 14-straight shooters until Elias scored.
Evgeni Malkin scored a power-play goal to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead 6:48 into the contest. Along the near post, he slammed a puck past Brodeur. Mark Recchi and Crosby earned assists on the play.
Andy Greene tallied a power-play goal 3:34 into the second period to knot the game at 1-all.
With 5:03 left in the second period, Sergei Brylin dove and batted a rebound past Fleury for a 2-1 New Jersey advantage.
Sergei Gonchar tied the game at 2-all 7:32 into the third period with a short-handed goal. Behind the New Jersey net on the near side, Gonchar fired a puck on goal. It deflected off Brodeur's leg and trickled into the net. Jordan Staal earned an assist on the play.
Travis Zajac put the Devils ahead, 3-2, with 8:22 to play when he banged in a rebound.
Michel Ouellet tied the game, 3-3, with 2:38 left to play. Behind the net, Malkin stripped the puck off a New Jersey player and fired it into the slot. Ouellet settled the puck and ripped it past Brodeur.
ICE CHIPS: Colin White, Brian Gionta and Cam Janssen were the Devils' scratches...Mark Eaton, Chris Thorburn, Ronald Petrovicky, Nils Ekman and Alain Nasreddine were the Penguins' scratches...The announced attendance was 17,132...Patrik Elias (No. 3), Evgeni Malkin (No. 2) and Sergei Brylin (No. 1) were the game's three stars.