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
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
"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
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.