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Devils' rally falls short in Pittsburgh

Friday, 12.13.2013 / 10:20 PM

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Devils' rally falls short in Pittsburgh
New Jersey Devils 2, Pittsburgh Penguins 3
Three Stars of the Game
Marc-Andre Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 39TOI: 60:00
GA: 2EV: 29-31
PIM: 0PP: 6-6
SV%: .949SH: 2-2
Chris Conner
Chris Conner
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 13:18
Dainius Zubrus
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:11

PITTSBURGH -- Pascal Dupuis scored 41 seconds into the game and the Pittsburgh Penguins used a big first period to beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Friday night.

Chris Conner and Jayson Megna also scored in the first for Metropolitan-leading Pittsburgh, which has won seven of eight. The Penguins also extended their home winning to seven games.

Marc-Andre Fleury improved to 12-2 at Consol Energy Center, making 37 saves -- many of them on quality chances over the final 40 minutes of the game.

Patrik Elias and Dainius Zubrus scored 56 seconds apart early in the second period, but New Jersey dropped to 1-4-1 in its past six.

After Pittsburgh took a 3-0 lead into the first intermission, the Devils controlled the remainder of the game. But Fleury was sharp.

Perhaps his best saves came on Steve Bernier -- twice, with a pad and then his stick while sprawling -- with 14:40 to play in regulation. Fleury then denied Damien Brunner on a partial breakaway.

Fleury is second in the NHL in home wins and goals-against average and third in save percentage at home.

Dupuis' goal set the tone, coming off a misplay by Devils goaltender Cory Schneider.

Chris Kunitz carried the puck into the zone and flipped a fluttering puck on net as he crossed the blue line. Schneider had trouble covering it, and Dupuis eventually poked it in for his fifth of the season.

Conner then made it 2-0 at 7:55 when Brandon Sutter sprung him alone in the slot and he used a wrist shot beat Schneider for his second goal of the season.

Megna, a rookie in the lineup only because of injuries and the suspension of winger James Neal, scored for the second time in four games -- his fourth overall -- with 5:20 to play in the first.

But the Devils took 15 of the first 16 shots of the second period and had a 19-5 advantage in shots in the period overall.

Elias scored 3:24 into the second after a failed New Jersey power play. Zubrus then pushed a fluttering puck that was sitting on the goal line into the net after a Jaromir Jagr shot deflected off Megna's leg, making it difficult for Fleury to handle.

The Penguins survived a frenzied final push by New Jersey, avoiding the fate of allowing a goal to an opponent that had its goalie pulled for the third game in a row.

Game notes
Patrik Elias extended his point streak to five games (2g-4a).

scoring summary
1st Period
Pascal Dupuis (5) ASST: Chris Kunitz (15), Sidney Crosby (28)
1 - 0 PIT
Chris Conner (2) ASST: Brandon Sutter (7), Joe Vitale (7)
2 - 0 PIT
Jayson Megna (4) ASST: Simon Despres (3), Deryk Engelland (3)
3 - 0 PIT
2nd Period
Patrik Elias (7) ASST: Anton Volchenkov (5), Steve Bernier (5)
3 - 1 PIT
Dainius Zubrus (5) ASST: Jaromir Jagr (15), Travis Zajac (7)
3 - 2 PIT
3rd Period
penalty summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Olli Maatta  Hi-sticking against  Travis Zajac
Chris Kunitz  Cross checking against  Anton Volchenkov
3rd Period
Adam Henrique  Broken stick
goalie stats
Cory Schneider
SA: 23TOI: 59:07
Saves: 20EV: 20 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .870SH: 0 - 0
Marc-Andre Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 39TOI: 60:00
Saves: 37EV: 29 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .949SH: 2 - 2
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