Another sloppy game, another loss for the New Jersey Devils.
The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated New Jersey, 5-1, today at the CONSOL Energy Center to send the Devils to their fourth straight loss. It’s the first regulation loss of the season for New Jersey.
Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz led Pittsburgh with three points (1g, 2a). Rookie Robert Bortuzzo highlighted an afternoon where five different players scored for the Penguins.
The Devils trailed, 2-1, entering the third period. New Jersey came out slow, and the Penguins took advantage, scoring three goals to secure its first home win of the season.
Kris Letang pushed the lead to 3-1 just 2:31 into the final period. Evgeni Malkin started the play, knocking into two Devils defenders and working the puck to Kunitz. He curled away from the end boards and found Letang in the slot. The Penguins defenseman had plenty of time to pick his spot, firing a shot past the glove of a screened Martin Brodeur.
Crosby stretched the lead to 4-1 just five minutes later, capitalizing on a 2-on-1 rush. The Penguins captain came streaking into the left circle, snapping a shot over the shoulder of Brodeur for his fourth goal of the season.
Bortuzzo finished the scoring at the 9:51 mark of the third. Crosby stripped Krys Barch of the puck in the Devils end, sending a pass back to the point. Bortuzzo gathered the puck and sent a shot toward the net. It deflected off the stick of Jacob Josefson and past Brodeur.
Brodeur finished with 25 saves on 30 shots.
Brandon Sutter opened the scoring in the second period, capitalizing on a rebound to record his first goal as a Penguin. He beat Adam Larsson, putting the puck between the defenseman’s legs, and moved in on goal. Brodeur stacked the pads and denied him the first time, but Sutter found the puck and chipped it over Brodeur.
Kunitz pushed the lead to 2-0 at the 9:56 mark of the middle period. Anton Volchenkov gift wrapped him the chance, fanning on a pass in his own end. The puck went to Kunitz in the slot, who quickly fired a shot through the legs of Brodeur for his second goal of the season.
Andy Greene scored the lone goal for New Jersey, a shorthanded tally, in the second period. Dainius Zubrus carried the puck along the side boards, sending a spinning pass to the slot. It found Greene in the slot, who sent a backhand shot through the legs of Marc-Andre Fleury.
Today was the first leg of back-to-back games for the Devils. New Jersey will play the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum tomorrow.