0:00: The Devils hold on and defeat the Penguins 4-0. Martin Brodeur registers the 104th shutout of his NHL career to set a new NHL record.
Glove save on Malkin by Brodeur as the puck comes off the end boards.
Just one minute separates Martin Brodeur from NHL history.
Crosby rings a shot off the goal post to the left of Brodeur.
Kick save by Johnson on Pandolfo's backhander as he was falling to the ice.
Former Devil Mike Rupp had his first career hat trick earlier this year:
Enjoy tonight's Don Farr Moving and Storage segment:
Good blocker save by Johnson on Langenbrunner, who split through the middle of the defense to create himself an opportunity.
Kunitz has thrown the body around all night. This time he drops Johnny Oduya to the ice in the near corner of the Devils zone.
The Penguins kill off the minor to Malkin.
New Jersey goes back on the power play with Malkin sent off for hooking.
Johnson flashes the leather to make a glove save on Langenbrunner's slap shot from the right circle.
A couple good scoring chances for the Penguins but once again they come up empty on the man-advantage.
Brodeur gets his left pad over to make a save on Crosby's one timer from the right side.
The comeback starts here as Salvador is penalized for tripping.
Head coach Dan Bylsma starts Crosby and Malkin with Ruslan Fedotenko to begin the final period.
20:00: Jordan Staal
is back on the ice with a full face shield after taking a puck in the face during the second period and suffering a laceration to his nose.
SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- Alex Goligoski leads the Penguins with three blocked shots.
- Mike Rupp has a game-high five hits.
- Sidney Crosby
is 11-6 on faceoffs.
If the Penguins want to try staging a dramatic comeback here in the third period they need to find a way to first stop Zach Parise, left, and then get the rubber behind Martin Brodeur.
We would like to wish a happy birthday to Penguins Director of Content Sam Kasan. No word on Sam's age, or even if he would want us to post it.
After 40 minutes of play at Mellon Arena the Devils have a 4-0 lead on the Penguins. Each team has 21 shots on goal.
Mike Lange and Phil Bourque play Santa Claus a little early - they let Steve Mears, host of the Penguins' HD Radio channel, and Bob Grove, who handles the pre-game and post-game show on 105.9 The X, handle the broadcasting chores in the middle frame.
A skirmish breaks out at the top of the blue line in the Penguins zone. Talbot appears to catch a sucker punch from somebody. It could have been Elias, as he gets the extra two minutes for roughing. Talbot and McAmmond get two minutes each for roughing and 10-minute misconducts.
Awesome play by Letang to knock the puck out of the crease with Johnson down and the biscuit about to roll into the cage.
The Penguins are coming to life a bit. Gonchar's shot goes through the crease with Brodeur down but somehow stays out of the net.
Jay McKee and Elias exchange pushes and shoves behind the Devils net after the whistle. If you are looking for good news, the Flordia Panthers have a 2-0 lead after two periods on the Flyers!
Rupp's backhand shot coming down the right wing is the Penguins first good chance at Brodeur in a long time.
While the game is not going as we all wouuld like, we can always take pleasure in enjoying Iceburgh!
An update on Jordan Staal
. He has a laceration to his nose and his return is questionable.
Jamie Langenbrunner comes within inches of giving the Devils a fifth goal when his slap shot from the top of the right-wing circle gets over Johnson.
This game has gotten away from the Penguins as another Parise rebound is sent behind Fleury, this time by Mark Fraser. Brent Johnson relieves Fleury. Devils 4, Penguins 0.
Seconds after McAmmond hit the post to the left of Fleury Patrik Elias sends a wrist shot into the upper-left corner for another New Jersey goal. Devils 3, Penguins 0.
With Eaton out of the lineup Martin Skoula, who played so well during the Penguins earlier rash of injuries, returns to the lineup for the first time in five games:
The Penguins again fail to convert with the man-advantage.
Scary moment at Mellon Arena as Jordan Staal
takes either a stick or a puck in his face. Play is immediately stopped as Matt Cooke
and trainer Chris Stewart help Staal to the locker room. We will try to get an update as soon as possible.
The crowd loves seeing Kunitz bury Greene against the near boards.
The Penguins totally control the puck during a delayed penalty call against the Devils for too many men but Brodeur keeps his right pad along the ice to stop Crosby's one-timer from the slot off a Gonchar setup.
Both teams are at full strength.
Malkin steals the puck from Greene but his backhander is denied by Brodeur.
Vladimir Zharkov takes an even-up interference penalty.
Crosby is penalized for interference.
Nicklas Bergfors is turning into a Penguins killer. He takes a drop pass from Parise and fires a slap shot past the short side of Fleury. Devils 2, Penguins 0.
The action is back underway between the Penguins and Devils.
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- Bill Guerin was the only player on either side to record two shots.
- Alex Goligoski led all players in ice time at 8:40.
- The Penguins had the advantage on the faceoff dots, 9-6.
The first period is in the books at Mellon Arena and the Devils have a 1-0 lead. Pittsburgh is doubling New Jersey up in shots, 10-5.
Goligoski takes a minor penalty for tripping.
Brodeur keeps the paddle along the ice to stop a wraparound chance from Kennedy.
Alex Goligoski sets up Dupuis in the slot for a one-timer but the Penguins' best chance of the period is stopped by Brodeur.
Salvador returns to the ice as the Penguins get one shot during their man-advantage.
The Penguins honored their 2009 scholarship award winners
during the television stoppage.
Salvador trips Kris Letang
in the slot and the Penguins get the first power play of the night.
The Penguins are having trouble clearing the puck but Fleury makes a right-pad save on Zach Parise.
Watch Sidney Crosby
talk after today's morning skate about the importance of tonight's contest:
The Penguins have moved Tyler Kennedy
up to the line with Evgeni Malkin
and Pascal Dupuis
is skating with Jordan Staal
Adams drills Mike Mottau into the boards behind the Devils net with a shoulder check.
The Devils strike first as Bryce Salvador throws a high wrist shot from the left point over the glove of Marc-Andre Fleury
. Assists go to Dean McAmmond and Andy Greene. Devils 1, Penguins 0.
The line of Craig Adams
, Mike Rupp and Maxime Talbot comes out aggressive as each lays a solid hit while they maintain the puck in the Devils' zone.
Crosby gets behind New Jersey's defense but his shot goes off the outside of the net to the right of Brodeur.
The puck drops in tonight's battle for first place between the Penguins and Devils.
STAT OF THE NIGHT:
New Jersey has a perfect 17-0 record when they lead after two periods.
Eric Godard joins Eaton as the Penguins scratches tonight. New Jersey's scratches include Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, Andrew Peters and Matthew Corrente.
The Penguins will be without the services of Mark Eaton for the first time in 2009-10. Eaton left Saturday's 2-1 shootout victory over the Buffalo Sabres in the second period and did not return. Read more about Eaton's injury in today's Penguins Report
First place in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference is on the line tonight as the Penguins play host to the New Jersey Devils. Each team comes into the contest with an NHL-high 25 wins and 51 points. The Devils won each of the first two contests between the teams, both at Mellon Arena.
Author: Jason Seidling