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46-27-9

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game recap

Devils 6, Penguins 4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Devils 6, Penguins 4
Pittsburgh Penguins 4, New Jersey Devils 6

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Patrik Elias returned from the Olympics with bruised ribs and a scoring slump.

He broke out Wednesday night with three goals and two assists to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 6-4 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Elias had only three goals and six assists in the previous 13 games.

"You obviously want to do well," he said. "You want to score and you want to help the team. The main thing is to stay positive. It's hard. It's not easy."

Scott Gomez added a goal and three assists, two on goals by Elias.

"Patty took over right from the get-go," Gomez said. "We need that. That's his job. He's a goal scorer. He's had tons of chances in recent games. When he got that first one, you could tell he was on a roll."

Zach Parise and Brian Rafalski also scored and Martin Brodeur made 25 saves as New Jersey (40-27-9) reached 40 wins for the ninth straight season. The Devils joined Montreal and Boston as the only franchises to accomplish the feat.

The Devils are sixth in the Eastern Conference with 89 points and trail fifth-place Philadelphia by four points.

Andy Hilbert had two goals for the Penguins, and Sidney Crosby and Jani Rita also scored.

The Devils scored three consecutive goals in the second period to gain the upper hand.

With the game tied at 2, Parise put New Jersey ahead to stay at 2:55. His pass from the left wing intended for Brian Gionta glanced off Penguins defenseman Eric Cairns and deflected past Marc-Andre Fleury. Gionta got an assist, extending his scoring streak to nine games.

Gomez beat Fleury with a shot over the glove for a power-play goal at 8:11 that gave the Devils a 4-2 lead.

Elias completed his seventh career hat trick at 12:45 as the Devils took a three-goal lead.

Hilbert scored his second, a power-play tally with 2:38 remaining, to cut New Jersey's lead to 5-3. The Devils extended it on Rafalski's power-play goal at 5:15 of the third.

Rita finished the scoring at 8:07.

Crosby scored his 35th on the first shot of the game, just 27 seconds after the opening faceoff.

"It was good that we were able to come out strong," Fleury said. "Getting that first goal was big but there was still a lot of time to be played, and the Devils kept coming at the net."

Elias followed with a power-play goal at 3:18 and a four-on-four score at 7:07.

Hilbert pulled the Penguins even with a power-play goal with 47 seconds remaining in the period.

Notes: The Devils swept the home-and-home series. They won 3-2 in overtime at Pittsburgh on Sunday. The season series wrapped up 4-4. ... Elias is the Devils' career leader in hat tricks. John MacLean had six. ... The Devils recalled G Frank Doyle from Albany of the AHL. He replaced Scott Clemmensen, who was ill, as Brodeur's backup. ... The Penguins started a four-game road trip that continues to Florida, Tampa Bay and Philadelphia. ... The Devils were 3-for-7 on the power play.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:27
PIT
Sidney Crosby (35) ASST: Colby Armstrong (18), Ryan Whitney (27)
1 - 0 PIT
03:18
NJD
PPG - Patrik Elias (11) ASST: Scott Gomez (43), Jamie Langenbrunner (31)
1 - 1 Tie
07:07
NJD
Patrik Elias (12) ASST: Scott Gomez (44), Brian Rafalski (36)
2 - 1 NJD
19:13
PIT
Andy Hilbert (9) ASST: Konstantin Koltsov (5), Brooks Orpik (5)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
02:55
NJD
Zach Parise (12) ASST: Scott Gomez (45), Brian Gionta (34)
3 - 2 NJD
08:11
NJD
PPG - Scott Gomez (28) ASST: Patrik Elias (21), Brian Rafalski (37)
4 - 2 NJD
12:45
NJD
Patrik Elias (13) ASST: Sergei Brylin (22), Martin Brodeur (3)
5 - 2 NJD
17:22
PIT
PPG - Andy Hilbert (10) ASST: Brooks Orpik (6), Sidney Crosby (52)
5 - 3 NJD
3rd Period
05:15
NJD
PPG - Brian Rafalski (6) ASST: Patrik Elias (22), Jamie Langenbrunner (32)
6 - 3 NJD
08:07
PIT
Jani Rita (6) ASST: Michel Ouellet (16), Tomas Surovy (12)
6 - 4 NJD
penalty summary
1st Period
02:42
PIT
Sergei Gonchar  Hooking against  John Madden
05:30
PIT
Konstantin Koltsov  Interference against  Scott Gomez
05:48
NJD
Erik Rasmussen  Boarding against  Colby Armstrong
2nd Period
07:14
PIT
Tomas Surovy  Tripping against  Colin White
07:27
NJD
Jamie Langenbrunner  Tripping against  Andy Hilbert
07:27
PIT
Colby Armstrong  Hooking
10:04
NJD
Colin White  Hi-sticking against  Ryan Malone
15:25
NJD
Zach Parise  Holding against  Konstantin Koltsov
17:22
NJD
Jamie Langenbrunner  Hooking against  Konstantin Koltsov
3rd Period
04:33
PIT
Ryan Whitney  Hooking
04:39
PIT
Josef Melichar  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
10:49
NJD
Erik Rasmussen  Interference against  Colby Armstrong
12:28
PIT
Sidney Crosby  Hooking against  John Madden
12:28
PIT
Sidney Crosby  Unsportsmanlike conduct
goalie stats
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 27TOI: 58:34
Saves: 21EV: 17 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 5
SV%: .778SH: 2 - 2
Martin Brodeur
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 18 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .862SH: 0 - 0