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Pittsburgh at New Jersey

Crosby's two goals help Penguins stomp Devils

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEWARK. N.J. -- The Pittsburgh Penguins finally held on to a two-goal lead, putting an end to a two-game losing streak.

Sidney Crosby scored twice and Dany Sabourin made 20 saves for his first shutout to lead the Penguins to a 5-0 win over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night.

Pittsburgh squandered two-goal leads in both losses, a fact it did not dwell on.

"We really didn't talk about it," Sabourin said. "We played like it was 0-0 all the time. That's why we had success."

Penguins coach Michel Therrien did not mention the two-goal hex until they had built a 4-0 lead after two periods.

"We have to learn from our mistakes," Therrien said. "I was really impressed with the way we played the third period."

Adam Hall, Petr Sykora and Erik Christensen also scored for Pittsburgh.

Crosby and Hall had first-period goals to give the Penguins the 2-0 lead. Crosby, the NHL leader in power-play points, improved his total to 12 by snapping a rebound past Martin Brodeur at 12:09.

Hall scored on a backhand deflection of a shot by Brooks Orpik at 16:19 to give Pittsburgh a two-goal advantage.

Sykora and Christensen added second-period goals as the Penguins padded the lead to 4-0.

The Sykora goal at 5:48 was a turning point. Pittsburgh had blown two-goal leads in the last two games, resulting in a pair of losses. The third goal gave the Penguins needed breathing room. It also deflated the Devils, who had gone 2-0-1 in their last three games.

The score by Sykora was set up by a great pass by Evgeni Malkin, who centered a feed to slot despite being knocked to his knees.

Christensen completed a give-and-go with Maxime Talbot at 11:18 for the fourth Penguins goal. Pittsburgh dominated the period, outshooting New Jersey 10-3.

Crosby connected again at 3:28 of the third, sending Brodeur to the bench with Kevin Weekes coming in to finish up. Brodeur gave up the five goals on 24 shots.

The only remaining suspense was Sabourin's bid for the shutout. He preserved it with a sensational glove save on Paul Martin midway through the period, the toughest of the six shots he faced in the final period.

"I'm pretty happy to get the shutout, but it was a big night for the team," Sabourin said. "They played well in front of me all night."

Devils coach Brent Sutter found few positives in his team's effort, which dropped their record to 2-2 at their new home, the Prudential Center.

"I'm not going to sugar coat it," Sutter said. "Our commitment tonight was unacceptable. This was a big divisional game. To come to the rink like that doesn't cut it. I am surprised, to be quite honest."

Notes

  • The game was the second for both teams in a stretch of nine straight against divisional foes.
  • The Devils returned D Olli Malmivaara to Lowell (AHL).
  • Devils D Karel Rachunek missed his fourth straight game with a groin injury. The Penguins scratches were D Ryan Whitney (groin), C Colby Armstrong and Jarkko Ruutu.
  • The Devils have yet to win a game in which they gave up the first goal (0-6-1).
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Sidney Crosby nets his eighth and ninth goals of the season in the Penguins' victory. (US Presswire)
Sidney Crosby nets his eighth and ninth goals of the season in the Penguins' victory. (US Presswire)

Scoreboard
Pittsburgh  (7-6-1) «2215
New Jersey (5-7-2)0000
Three Stars
D. Sabourin
PIT


Saves: 20
Save Pct.: 1.000
S. Crosby
PIT


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
P. Sykora
PIT


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
12:09Power Play - Sidney Crosby (8), Snap Shot. Assist: Petr Sykora, Sergei Gonchar
16:19Adam Hall (2), Tip-In. Assist: Brooks Orpik, Maxime Talbot
2ND PERIOD
05:48Petr Sykora (7), Slap Shot. Assist: Evgeni Malkin
11:18Erik Christensen (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Maxime Talbot, Georges Laraque
3RD PERIOD
03:28Sidney Crosby (9), Slap Shot. Assist: Brooks Orpik
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
01:25Gonchar, 2 min, Holding
07:35Laraque, 2 min, Roughing
11:40Clarkson, 2 min, Holding the Stick
2ND PERIOD
09:02Mottau, 2 min, High-Sticking
17:27Parise, 2 min, High-Sticking
3RD PERIOD
05:43Clarkson, 2 min, Tripping
10:41Clarkson, 2 min, Hooking
17:39Christensen, 2 min, Holding
19:25Talbot, 2 min, Holding
Shots On Goal
 123T
Pittsburgh1210830
New Jersey113620
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Dany Sabourin60:00200
Martin Brodeur43:28195
Kevin Weekes16:3260
Game Information
Attendance - 14032
Referees - Kerry Fraser, Chris Lee
Linesmen - Brad Kovachik, Andy McElman
 
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