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Guentzel has hat trick for Penguins in victory against Devils

Sceviour scores twice early in first period to help Pittsburgh sweep two-game set

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

Guentzel's third NHL hat trick

PIT@NJD: Guentzel boosts Pens with hatty in 5-2 win

Jake Guentzel tallied in the 2nd and scored two goals in the 3rd, notching his third career NHL hat trick in the Penguins' 5-2 road win

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NEWARK, N.J. -- Jake Guentzel had a hat trick for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 5-2 win against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Sunday.

"I think when you're finding different ways to win when you're not at your best shows real character," Guentzel said. "It was a good road trip for us (4-2-0) and now we'll get back home, and we'll go from there."

Colton Sceviour scored two goals after clearing waivers earlier in the day, and Tristan Jarry made 28 saves for the Penguins (27-13-2), who have won three straight games, including a 6-4 victory against the Devils on Friday.

"It kind of [stinks] but a part of the business you can't necessarily control," Sceviour said about being placed on waivers Saturday. "At the same time, you control what you can and that's playing on the ice and that's what I'm focused on. We've been winning hockey games and I've been contributing and helping the team."

Video: PIT@NJD: Sceviour stuffs in rebound from in close

P.K. Subban scored his first goal since March 18, and Mackenzie Blackwood made 19 saves for the Devils (14-20-6), who are 1-4-2 in their past seven. 

"I think the thing that hurt us the most was just our puck management," Devils coach Lindy Ruff said. "Our first two trips moving inside the zone, we didn't get the puck deep. We kind of fueled their offense."

Sceviour scored twice in a span of 2:51 early in the first period. He gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead on a wraparound at 2:35 and made it 2-0 on a deflection from the slot at 5:26. He has three goals in his past two games.

"[Sceviour] is a guy that comes to the rink every day with a smile and works hard," Guentzel said. "It's always nice to see a guy like that get rewarded. I'm really happy for him and we're definitely lucky to have him."

Miles Wood deflected a shot from the slot to pull New Jersey within 2-1 at 17:14. It was his third goal in the past two games.

Guentzel scored on a snap shot to increase the lead to 3-1 at 19:20 of the second period. The Devils challenged for goalie interference, but the goal was confirmed following a video review and they were assessed a penalty for delay of game for the unsuccessful challenge.

"Pittsburgh came out really hard and that's what we wanted to do, but they got the first couple of pucks behind us, did a good forecheck and we didn't manage to get it out," Devils forward Andreas Johnsson said.

Guentzel made it 4-1 with a power-play goal at 1:19 of the third period.

Video: PIT@NJD: Rust fires a shot that glances off Guentzel

Pittsburgh has scored at least one power-play goal in five straight games and in eight of nine (11 for 27, 40.7 percent).

Subban scored on a wrist shot from the slot at 7:30 to make it 4-2. The goal was originally disallowed but was overturned when video review showed Subban's shot completely crossed the goal line in a legal fashion.

Guentzel scored into an empty net at 18:37 for the 5-2 final. It was his third NHL hat trick.

"I just try to be consistent," Guentzel said. "I think that's just what you strive for as a player in this league ... to be consistent every night and try to bring your game and do your job."

NOTES: Ruff did not have an update on forward Pavel Zacha, who went to the locker room with an undisclosed injury after a nine-second shift to begin the second period. ... The Penguins did not have an update on forward Frederick Gaudreau, who sustained a lower-body injury late in the second period. ... Pittsburgh forward Teddy Blueger had an assist in 13:44 after missing 13 games with an upper-body injury. … New Jersey defenseman Sami Vatanen had an assist for his 200th NHL point. He has 47 goals and 153 assists in 464 NHL games with the Devils and Anaheim Ducks. … Devils forward Marian Studenic had two hits and blocked two shots in 10:02 in his NHL debut. … Devils defenseman Dmitry Kulikov did not play for precautionary reasons; the NHL Trade Deadline is Monday at 3 p.m. ET. ... New Jersey forward Jesper Bratt has a five-game point streak (two goals, five assists).

Video: Guentzel scores hat trick in Penguins win over Devils

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