New Jersey hangs on for the 4-1 victory. The Penguins are now 9-2 on the season. They take on the Montreal Canadiens at Mellon Arena on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Last minute of play as the Penguins appear to be dropping only their second game of the season.
Parise scores his sixth goal of the season on a backhander. Devils 4, Penguins 1.
Coincidental minors to Cooke and Andy Greene. Cooke gets a cross-check, Greene a slash.
In an effort to inspire the home team the crowd gets the wave going during a timeout.
Langenbrunner hits the post to the right of Fleury.
Brodeur will not be tying Terry Sawchuk's all-time record for shutouts (103) tonight.
The Penguins are on the board and the crowd is back into it as Goligoski throws the rebound of a Dupuis shot into the back of the cage. Devils 3, Penguins 1.
Staal's power move to the net is stopped by Brodeur.
Pittsburgh again fails to convert with the man-advantage.
The Penguins will head on their fourth power play of the night. Pelley goes for high sticking.
Kennedy sneaks out of the corner but his shot glances off the post to the right of Brodeur.
Zajac makes it 3-0 by throwing the rebound of a Parise shot past Fleury. Devils 3, Penguins 0.
Pittsburgh looks to come back from a two-goal deficit for the second consecutive night.
SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- Tyler Kennedy
has four shots through the first two period.
- Mike Rupp leads everyone with six hits.
- The Penguins have all six takeaways through the first 40 minutes. Kris Letang
This couple is all smiles between periods. Who wouldn't be with Iceburgh providing excitement.
Usually behind the camera, not on it, we bring you the camera guy, left. To the right, this young fan shows affection towards Tyler Kennedy
New Jersey leads 2-0 after 40 minutes as the Penguins continue to have the better of the shots, 23-21.
A great recovery by Colin White just when it appeared Crosby was going to blow by for a breakaway.
Add an assist to Jamie Langenbrunner on the Devils' second score.
New Jersey stretches their lead when Nicklas Bergfors puts home the rebound of a Rod Pelley shot on the power play. Devils 2, Penguins 0.
Just in case you forgot the last time the Penguins were shorthanded:
The Penguins are shorthanded for the first time as Rupp gets a boarding call assessed to him.
Rupp looks determined to score against his former squad, getting two quality shots against Brodeur within 20 seconds of each other.
Fleury flashes the pad on Pandolfo, breaking in down the left side.
Pittsburgh is now 0-for-3 on the power play.
Goligoski continues to fires pucks towards the net from the point, something Dan Bylsma said he wanted to see more of from him and Letang.
They will get a third crack on the man advantage with Jay Pandolfo penalized for slashing.
Pittsburgh is 0-for-2 on the power play.
Fedotenko and Goligoski are at the point with the first unit.
The Penguins will have their second power play of the evening as New Jersey captain Zach Parise is sent off for tripping.
Kennedy is denied from the top of the far cirlce on a blistering slap shot.
A great breakout pass from McKee to Crosby sends the Penguin captain rushing into the zone with speed. His hard backhander is denied by Brodeur.
Brodeur must have forgotten Rupp is no longer a teammate because he sends an outlet pass right onto the stick of the Penguins winger.
Guerin's shot from the far boards is deflected by Crosby, but Brodeur is like a wall thus far.
The same five-man unit which started the game, Malkin, Rupp, Fedotenko, Orpik and Letang, begin the second for the Penguins.
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- The Penguins fire the first six shots of the game Brodeur's way.
- Pittsburgh outhit the Devils 19-14 in a physical first period. Kris Letang
leads the way with three.
- Letang spends nearly half a period (9:04) on the ice to lead all skaters.
Bob Erreys commentates from between the benches as you take a look at the scorers booth.
Equipment manager Dana Heinze peeks into the lockr room as a shot from the point is fired at Brodeur.
New Jersey leads 1-0 after 20 minutes. Pittsburgh gets the better of the shots, 12-9.
Crosby picks the pocket of a New Jersey defender prior to being stopped by Brodeur. The whistle is blown even though the rebound appears to be loose in front.
Crosby and Malkin are out together at even strength for the first time this evening.
2:06: Brooks Orpik
fires through a screen and the puck is deflected on the way but Brodeur is there yet again with the save.
Kunitz continues to come close to netting his first score of the season as he gets his second quality scoring chance of the period, but again Brodeur will not be beat to the five-hole.
The crowds gets behind their team, chanting "Let's Go Pens" for the first time.
6:56: Tyler Kennedy
weaves in and out of New Jersey defenders before firing towards the glove hand of Brodeur. The Penguins now have nine shots to five for the Devils.
Pacal Dupuis steals a pass in the neutral zone and fires a slapshot towards Brodeur, who holds on with the pad save to force the faceoff.
New Jersey strikes first as Mark Fraser takes a Nicklas Bergfors pass in the slot and beats Fleury, who got a piece of the shot with his glove. Dainius Zubrus gets the other assist. Devils 1, Penguins 0.
11:05: Matt Cooke
registers the first big hit of the evening, leveling Bryce Salvador to the ice along the near boards in the Devils' zone.
Eric Godard hits the outside of the post on a three-on-two break into the Devils' end.
The Penguins force a turnover in the New Jersey end as Chris Kunitz
' shot gets through Brodeur but rolls just wide of the net.
The celebrities continue to flock to Mellon Arena as actor Russell Crowe is shown during the commercial break.
Tonight Marc-Andre Fleury
goes head-to-head with his boyhood idol, Brodeur. Watch him talk about the matchup at this morning's skate.
Martin Brodeur robs Jordan Staal
in the slot after the Penguins center steals the puck from the Devils.
New Jersey successfully kills the Zajac penalty.
Zajac takes a hooking penalty.
Tempers flare for the first time near the Devils' bench but nothing becomes of it.
he defense pairings early in the game feature Martin Skoula with Mark Eaton, Brooks Orpik
with Kris Letang
and the pairing of Jay McKee and Alex Goligoski reunited.
The puck is dropped between Evgeni Malkin
and Travis Zajac. Mike Rupp starts with Malkin and Ruslan Fedotenko.
and Chris Kunitz
prepare to exit the locker room while the referee drops the puck between Evgeni Malkin
and Travis Zajac.
Fleury and Brodeur chat during pre-game warmup.
STAT OF THE NIGHT:
The Penguins are 2-0 on the young season in the second half of back-to-back games. They look to make it 3-0 against the Devils.
Pittsburgh and New Jersey take the ice as Jeff Jimerson sings the national anthem.
The Penguins look to make it eight straight wins as they take on the Devils. Eric Godard replaces Chris Bourque in the Penguins' lineup. Matt Halischuk, Andrew Peters and Mike Mottau sit for the Devils.