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Devils move over .500 with win over Pens

Tuesday, 12.31.2013 / 5:19 PM

Associated Press

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Devils move over .500 with win over Pens
Pittsburgh Penguins 1, New Jersey Devils 2
Three Stars of the Game
Adam Henrique
1st
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 18:46
Martin Brodeur
2nd
Martin Brodeur
G
SA: 20TOI: 59:54
GA: 1EV: 18-19
PIM: 0PP: 1-1
SV%: .950SH: 0-0
Michael Ryder
3rd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 17:03

NEWARK, N.J. -- Marty Brodeur beat the Pittsburgh Penguins yet again. He even got an assist, too.

"I think that's been the case for a number of years, even before I played for Pittsburgh," Penguins center Sidney Crosby said. "They play a good team defense and with Marty Brodeur and (Cory) Schneider there, they have two pretty good goalies. You have to make sure you put your chances away."

Brodeur came up big early and then held on to improve his record to 48-28-5 against Pittsburgh in his career. The Devils stand 13-3 vs. the Penguins at the Prudential Center since it opened in 2008.

Adam Henrique scored 1:38 into the game and Michael Ryder connected 2:45 into the second, sparking the Devils to a 2-1 victory on Tuesday. Brodeur was credited with his 44th career assist on Ryder's goal.

Brodeur had an assist in the game for the Devils (17-16-1) and made 19 saves in gaining his second win of the season against Pittsburgh. Marc-Andre Fleury had 28 saves for the Penguins (29-12-1).

"Especially in this building, we've been playing them well," said Brodeur, who improved his season record to 12-8-3. "We're trying to play well against good teams. We want to play well against everybody, but we have that little fear of the Penguins because we know how damaging they can be. So it brings out the best in us."

Henrique scored his ninth goal with a nifty finish of a pass from Ryan Clowe. Henrique made a quick move into the clear in front of the net and then lifted a shot over the left shoulder of Penguins goalie Fleury. Ryder was credited with an assist on the goal.

A few minutes later, the Devils lost veteran winger Patrik Elias after he was knocked to the ice by Pittsburgh's Tanner Glass. Elias was face down on the ice and didn't move until medical personnel reached him. He got up slowly to his knees and then managed to skate off. He did not return.

"It wasn't precautionary," Devils coach Pete DeBoer said about his decision to hold Elias out. "I don't think there was an option. I talked to him between periods and he explained the play and told me it was awkward. But I don't know anything yet."

Brodeur earned his 44th career assist when he started the play that led to Ryder's 1th goal of the season at 2:45 of the second. Brodeur cleared the puck to Ryder, who skated past the blue line and into the middle before losing the puck. But Henrique quickly regained possession and sent it back into the middle, where Ryder fired his shot past Fleury.

Matt Niskanen cut it to 2-1 for Pittsburgh at 6:58 of the second from the right circle off a Crosby feed that beat Brodeur to his glove side. Sidney Crosby picked up his 23rd assist of the season on the goal and teammate Chris Kunitz registered his 22nd assist on the play.

The opening minutes of the game were frenetic for Brodeur. Kunitz blasted a slap shot that bounced off the right shoulder of Brodeur. Seconds later, Kunitz missed a chance at an open net with Brodeur down on far side of the goal.

"I wish that one would have gone in, too," Kunitz said. "He made a nice save, got his shoulder on that one. He's a good goaltender. He knows how the play the angles, that's for sure."

Game notes
The Devils held the Penguins to just one power play in the entire game, which came in the closing minutes of the third period.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:38
NJD
Adam Henrique (9) ASST: Ryane Clowe (2), Michael Ryder (8)
1 - 0 NJD
2nd Period
02:45
NJD
Michael Ryder (12) ASST: Adam Henrique (9), Martin Brodeur (2)
2 - 0 NJD
06:58
PIT
Matt Niskanen (4) ASST: Sidney Crosby (37), Chris Kunitz (22)
2 - 1 NJD
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
06:17
PIT
Sidney Crosby  Hooking against  Jaromir Jagr
2nd Period
09:34
PIT
Robert Bortuzzo  Tripping against  Ryane Clowe
14:01
PIT
Brandon Sutter  Tripping against  Michael Ryder
3rd Period
10:23
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Interference against  Dainius Zubrus
15:12
NJD
Bryce Salvador  Interference against  Brian Gibbons
goalie stats
Marc-Andre Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury
22-10-1
SA: 30TOI: 59:40
Saves: 28EV: 24 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .933SH: 0 - 0
Martin Brodeur
SA: 20TOI: 59:54
Saves: 19EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .950SH: 0 - 0
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