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Aftermath: Devils 2, Penguins 1 OT

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
WHAT HAPPENED


PIttsburgh lost its home opener to the New Jersey Devils when Zach Parise scored with 37.6 seconds left in overtime. The Penguins were outshot by more than a 3-to-1 margin at 49-15 and Marc-Andre Fleury did everything he could to keep Pittsburgh in the game. Fleury made a career-high 47 saves and was the game's No. 1 star.

ESSENTIALS


What Worked: Special Teams
Pittsburgh scored its opening goal on the power play. The Penguins had been sluggish on the man-advantage in the first two games of the season but Miroslav Satan buried a puck past Martin Brodeur at 11:52 of the first period to give Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead. Pittsburgh went 1 for 4 on the man-advantage. The Penguins penalty killing unit had a few scares but escaped with a perfect 4 for 4 on the night.

What Didn't Work: Shot Differential
The Penguins were grossly outshot from the second period on. Pittsburgh was outshot 15-4 in the second period and 20-2 in the third period. The Penguins also had difficulty generating offense. The Devils neutral zone trap clogged up their speed and the Penguins couldn't mount any sustained pressure.

DIFFERENCE MAKER

Fleury stopped everything thrown his way, kitchen sink and shower included. It didn't look pretty at times but Fleury managed to stop a career high 47 shots. He seemed to be fight off the puck at times, gave up rebounds and had difficulty corraling loose pucks around the net. Yet, he somehow managed to keep the Devils scoreless through 57:31, until an puck deflected off of his own defenseman's stick and into the net. Fleury flopped, sprawled and did summersaults and backflips to enable the Penguins to get a point.
 
INTRIGUING NOTABLES

The Penguins tinkered with their top line of Ruslan Fedotenko-Sidney Crosby-Miroslav Satan. Fedotenko was replaced by Pascal Dupuis halfway through the second period. Dupuis played on Crosby's line last year and started training camp on the top line but was swapped with Fedotenko late in camp.

The Penguins scratched three forwards and dressed seven defensemen: Paul Bissonnette, Bill Thomas and Petr Sykora were scratched and defenseman Darryl Sydor skated as a winger on the fourth line with Eric Godard and Mike Zigomanis. Sydor also played the point on the Penguins second power play unit.

The night featured two fights. In the first bout Eric Godard slugged with Mike Rupp. In the second battle 6-foot-1 David Clarkson held his own against 6-foot-7 Hal Gill.

GAME NOTES

> Pittsburgh drops to 1-1-1 (3) on the season while New Jersey improves to 2-0-0 (4). It's the Penguins first loss against a division opponent.

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Miroslav Satan scored his first goal as a Pittsburgh Penguin, a power play goal at 11:52 of the first period.

> Marc-Andre Fleury set a career high with 47 saves. He is now 6-10-3 in his career against the Devils.

> Pittsburgh went 1 for 4 on the power play and 4-4 on the penalty kill.

> Martin Brodeur needs 12 more victories to become the winningest goaltender in NHL history.

THREE STARS


1. Marc-Andre Fleury
2. Zach Parise
3. Patrick Elias

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT

"He got us one point tonight. He's the only reason we got that point."
- Michel Therrien on Marc-Andre Fleury


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