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Jarry makes 36 saves for Penguins in win against Devils

Pittsburgh scores twice in 25 seconds against New Jersey, which has lost five of eight

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Jarry denies Boqvist in close

NJD@PIT: Jarry stones Boqist's point blank shot

Tristan Jarry denies Jesper Boqvist's shot from point blank range late in the 2nd period

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PITTSBURGH -- Tristan Jarry made 36 saves for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 4-1 win against the New Jersey Devils at PPG Paints Arena on Friday.

Jake Guentzel scored for the third time in four games for the Penguins (12-7-4), who won for the second time in six games (2-1-3) without center Sidney Crosby (core muscle surgery). Jarry has allowed two or fewer goals in five of his six games this season, and four of his five starts.

"It's something where if I'm called upon, I'll make sure I'm doing the best I can to be ready," Jarry said. "I think [the Devils] played us hard and they got a couple fluky ones against us [in a 2-1 loss Nov. 15]. We knew we had to come out hard, and it was going to be a tight game again."

 

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Taylor Hall scored, and Mackenzie Blackwood allowed four goals on 36 shots for New Jersey (7-10-4), which has lost five of its past eight games. Blackwood was pulled 2:30 into the third period, and Louis Domingue made five saves in relief in his Devils debut.

"That one is not on Mackenzie," Devils coach John Hynes said. "I mean, he kept us in the game in the first period. The pull was not regarding Mackenzie or the disappointment in him by any means."

The Devils were outshot 18-6 in the first period.

Dominik Kahun put the Penguins ahead 1-0 at 7:51 of the first. He sidestepped Devils defenseman Mirco Mueller before taking a backhand shot blocker side for his sixth goal of the season.

Video: NJD@PIT: Kahun nets backhanded shot past Blackwood

Hall tied it 1-1 with a wrist shot from the left face-off circle on a power play 31 seconds into the second period. That ended a nine-game goal drought for Hall since he had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Nov. 1.

Guentzel gave Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead by finishing a breakaway with a backhand around Blackwood's left pad at 12:27. He has six points (three goals, three assists) during a four-game point streak.

Video: NJD@PIT: Guentzel scores on beautiful breakaway

"It's a huge night," Guentzel said. "Top to bottom, when we have four lines going, we're tough to stop. ... We've been playing well at home, so just have to keep going."

Jared McCann and John Marino each scored in a span of 25 seconds in the third period. McCann made it 3-1 on a wrist shot from the slot at 2:05, and Marino pushed it to 4-1 with a slap shot from the point at 2:30.

Video: NJD@PIT: McCann fires puck past Blackwood

"We played bad enough to lose and not good enough to win these games right now," Devils forward Travis Zajac said. "We have some surges, but there's still some inconsistencies to our game. Just need more out of guys like me, out of other guys, if we want to turn this thing around."

 

They said it

"I'm a competitor. We're all competitors. We want to win. We're just not giving ourselves a chance. For myself, personally, I know I'm not feeling the puck well tonight. That's when you have to keep it simple. I was fighting it. It seemed like a few guys were." -- Devils forward Blake Coleman

"Tristan made some timely saves for us. That's what you have to have in order to win in this league. He's done that the last couple of starts, having strong starts for us. ... We felt as though his attention to detail and his focus in practice will translate to a more consistent game. That's been, I think, one of the hurdles that Tristan has to overcome to establish himself as a bonafide NHL everyday goaltender." -- Penguins coach Mike Sullivan

 

Need to know

Domingue will start against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, Hynes said. He last started in the NHL for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 6-3 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on March 21, when he made 25 saves. ... Coleman had his four-game point streak end. He had four points (two goals, two assists) during that stretch. ... New Jersey has scored two or fewer goals in eight of its past nine games (4-5-0). ... With an assist on Guentzel's goal, Evgeni Malkin has 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 10 games since returning from missing 11 games with a lower-body injury. He has had at least one point in eight of those 10 games. ... Every skater for the Penguins was at least a plus-1 Friday. ... Penguins forward Alex Galchenyuk has four assists in his past five games. He has seven assists in 14 games this season but has not scored a goal. Pittsburgh acquired Galchenyuk in a trade that sent forward Phil Kessel to the Arizona Coyotes on June 29.

 

What's next

Devils: Host the Red Wings on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, FS-D+, NHL.TV)

Penguins: Host the Calgary Flames on Monday (7 p.m. ET; TVAS, ATTSN-PT, SNW, NHL.TV)

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