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Pittsburgh Penguins 4, New Jersey Devils 2 FINAL

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:56 AM

Associated Press

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Pittsburgh Penguins 4, New Jersey Devils 2 FINAL
Pittsburgh Penguins 4, New Jersey Devils 2

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Scott Niedermayer and the New Jersey Devils gave the struggling Pittsburgh Penguins a gift.

Niedermayer scored a goal into his own net Wednesday night in the Devils' 4-2 loss to the Penguins.

Matt Bradley got credit for the goal with 17.9 seconds remaining in the first period as the Penguins built a 2-0 lead.

Niedermayer, under pressure from Bradley deep in the New Jersey zone, swept the puck toward Martin Brodeur. It hit the goalie's stick and glanced off the back of his leg before popping over the goal line. A video review confirmed that the goal had been scored.

"It wasn't a pass back to Marty," Niedermayer said. "I was trying to clear it hard behind the net. I gripped the stick a little too tight and I pulled into Marty."

Mike Eastwood, Ryan Malone and Eric Meloche also scored to help Pittsburgh to its first road victory since Nov. 14 in Buffalo. The Penguins also snapped a four-game losing streak.

Jean-Sebastien Aubin made 31 saves in the Penguins' third road win of the season.

Aubin came up strong in the third period, stopping 14 of 15 shots. He made a spectacular diving glove save on Eric Rasmussen with 33.6 seconds remaining to preserve the victory.

"I was just following the puck and I knew someone would be there," Aubin said. "I tried to cut off the pass but I missed it. I got to the other side as quickly as I could. He was there. I was there and I came up with it."

When the clock finally clicked down, the Penguins had a rare reason to celebrate.

"We needed any type of win," coach Eddie Olczyk said. "When you play as hard as you can against the defending Stanley Cup champions, it makes it that much better."

Niedermayer and Patrik Elias scored for New Jersey, which had won the last five meetings with Pittsburgh.

Eastwood opened the scoring at 10:38 of the first with a shot from the slot that floated over Brodeur's right shoulder and the Bradley goal put Pittsburgh up by two.

The teams exchanged power-play goals in the second period.

Malone scored at 7:58 to give Pittsburgh a 3-0 lead, and Niedermayer beat Aubin with 4:18 left.

Elias scored 2:39 into the third on a slapper from the top of the right circle. Meloche scored an empty-net goal with 20 seconds remaining to secure the win for Pittsburgh.

scoring summary
1st Period
10:38
PIT
Mike Eastwood (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Marc Bergevin (6), Eric Meloche (1)
1 - 0 PIT
19:42
PIT
Matt Bradley (2) Slapshot - ASST: NONE
2 - 0 PIT
2nd Period
07:58
PIT
PPG - Ryan Malone (9) Backhand shot - ASST: Dick Tarnstrom (14), Rico Fata (9)
3 - 0 PIT
15:42
NJD
PPG - Scott Niedermayer (8) Snap shot - ASST: Sergei Brylin (10), Jeff Friesen (10)
3 - 1 PIT
3rd Period
02:39
NJD
Patrik Elias (13) Slapshot - ASST: Scott Gomez (20), Turner Stevenson (5)
3 - 2 PIT
19:40
PIT
EN - Eric Meloche (2) Snap shot - ASST: Mike Eastwood (9)
4 - 2 PIT
penalty summary
1st Period
11:08
NJD
Mike Rupp  Hi-sticking against  Ryan Malone
12:02
PIT
Tom Kostopoulos  Hooking
13:28
NJD
Patrik Elias  Unsportsmanlike conduct
17:32
NJD
Erik Rasmussen  Charging
2nd Period
06:11
NJD
Turner Stevenson  Hi-sticking against  Tomas Surovy
09:59
PIT
Eric Meloche  Hi-sticking against  Sergei Brylin
13:55
PIT
Eric Meloche  Slashing against  Sergei Brylin
19:18
PIT
Josef Melichar  Slashing against  Igor Larionov
3rd Period
08:42
NJD
Mike Rupp  Too many men/ice - bench
goalie stats
Jean-Sebastien Aubin
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
Saves: 31EV: 22 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .939SH: 5 - 5
Martin Brodeur
SA: 20TOI: 59:08
Saves: 17EV: 9 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .850SH: 1 - 1