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Crosby scores two, Sabourin gets first shutout in Penguins 5-0 rout of Devils

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NEWARK. N.J. - Sidney Crosby scored twice and Dany Sabourin made 20 saves for his first shutout to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-0 win over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night.

Adam Hall, Petr Sykora and Erik Christensen also scored for Pittsburgh.

Crosby and Hall had first period goals to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead. Crosby, the NHL leader in power-play points, improved his total to 12 by snapping a rebound past Martin Brodeur at 12:09.

Hall scored on a backhand deflection of a shot by Brooks Orpik at 16:19 to give Pittsburgh a two-goal advantage.

Sykora and Christensen added second period goals as the Penguins padded the lead to 4-0.

The Sykora goal at 5:48 was a turning point. Pittsburgh had blown two goal leads in the last two games, resulting in a pair of losses. The third goal gave the Penguins needed breathing room. It also deflated the Devils, who had gone 2-0-1 in their last three games.

The goal by Sykora was set up by a great pass by Evgeni Malkin, who centred a feed to slot despite being knocked to his knees.

Christensen completed a give-and-go with Maxime Talbot at 11:18 for the fourth Penguins goal. Pittsburgh dominated the period, outshooting the New Jersey 10-3.

Crosby connected again at 3:28 of the third, sending Brodeur to the bench with Kevin Weekes coming in to finish up. Brodeur gave up the five goals on 24 shots.

The only remaining suspense was Sabourin's bid for the shutout. He preserved it with a sensational glove save on Paul Martin midway through the period, the toughest of the six shots he faced in the final period.

Notes: The game was the second for both teams in a stretch of nine straight against divisional foes. ... The Devils returned D Olli Malmivaara to Lowell (AHL). ... Devils D Karel Rachunek missed his fourth straight game with a groin injury. The Penguins scratches were D Ryan Whitney (groin), C Colby Armstrong and Jarkko Ruutu. ... The Devils have yet to win a game in which they gave up the first goal (0-6-1).

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