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Penguins 3, Devils 0

Thursday, 10.03.2013 / 10:28 PM

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Penguins 3, Devils 0
New Jersey Devils 0, Pittsburgh Penguins 3
Three Stars of the Game
Marc-Andre Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
GA: 0EV: 27-27
PIM: 0PP: 0-0
SV%: 1.000SH: 0-0
Sidney Crosby
Sidney Crosby
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 21:13
Craig Adams
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 13:38

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins opened the season with a 3-0 win against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday at Consol Energy Center.

Chuck Kobasew and Sidney Crosby scored in the first period before Craig Adams added a third-period goal.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves for his 250th NHL win. He had one shutout in 33 games last season.

Two defensive-zone breakouts led to Pittsburgh's first-period goals. Beau Bennett pushed the puck through the neutral zone to Kobasew, who dumped it to Brandon Sutter near the right boards. Sutter fired a snap shot into the middle of Cory Schneider's crest, and Kobasew pounced on the rebound and slid a shot into the net at 9:26.

Kobasew signed a one-year contract with Pittsburgh on Wednesday after working on a tryout through training camp.

Crosby scored 1:53 later on a 2-on-1 alongside Pascal Dupuis and facing defenseman Peter Harrold. Crosby teased a pass to Dupuis, who got his 200th career assist, before roofing a wrist shot past Schneider's glove.

Adams, in his 800th NHL game, scored with 8:18 left in the third period.

Adam Henrique had a chance to pull New Jersey to within two goals on a penalty shot after being dragged down by Matt Niskanen with 3:59 remaining, but Fleury kicked out his right pad to make the save.

The Devils outshot Pittsburgh 27-21. The Penguins had nine shots in the final two periods.

Pittsburgh's offense started to struggle when forward James Neal left the game after playing 3:49. He didn't take part in the morning skate and was listed as a game-time decision with his injury.

His absence was noticeable; the Penguins took three shots in the second period. Beau Bennett and Adams filled in for Neal next to Evgeni Malkin and Jussi Jokinen, who replaced Neal on Pittsburgh's top power-play unit.

The Penguins did not get credited with a shot on their only power play and cleared the puck itself twice.

Schneider, the first goalie not named Martin Brodeur to start New Jersey's season opener in 18 years, benefited from Pittsburgh's willingness to smother the puck in its end to hold on to its early lead.

Fleury recorded the shutout but barely had to face any true scoring chances. Robert Bortuzzo and Niskanen were especially effective shutting down New Jersey's forwards with Kris Letang out of the Penguins lineup.

Devils forward Damien Brunner was credited with eight shots; Henrique had three, and no other Devils player had more than two.

scoring summary
1st Period
Chuck Kobasew (1) ASST: Brandon Sutter (1), Beau Bennett (1)
1 - 0 PIT
Sidney Crosby (1) ASST: Pascal Dupuis (1), Matt Niskanen (1)
2 - 0 PIT
2nd Period
3rd Period
Craig Adams (1) ASST: Evgeni Malkin (1), Tanner Glass (1)
3 - 0 PIT
penalty summary
1st Period
Evgeni Malkin  Hi-sticking against  Bryce Salvador
Tanner Glass  Fighting (maj) against  Ryane Clowe
Ryane Clowe  Fighting (maj) against  Tanner Glass
2nd Period
Marek Zidlicky  Hooking against  Brandon Sutter
3rd Period
Tanner Glass  Boarding against  Adam Larsson
goalie stats
Cory Schneider
SA: 21TOI: 60:00
Saves: 18EV: 18 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .857SH: 0 - 0
Marc-Andre Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 27 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
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