Pittsburgh at New Jersey

Henrique, Ryder score to lift Devils over Penguins


NEWARK, N.J. -- Marty Brodeur beat the Pittsburgh Penguins yet again. He even got an assist, too.

"I think that's been the case for a number of years, even before I played for Pittsburgh," Penguins center Sidney Crosby said. "They play a good team defense and with Marty Brodeur and (Cory) Schneider there, they have two pretty good goalies. You have to make sure you put your chances away."

Brodeur came up big early and then held on to improve his record to 48-28-5 against Pittsburgh in his career. The Devils stand 13-3 vs. the Penguins at the Prudential Center since it opened in 2008.

Adam Henrique scored 1:38 into the game and Michael Ryder connected 2:45 into the second, sparking the Devils (17-16-1) to a 2-1 victory on Tuesday. Brodeur was credited with his 44th career assist on Ryder's goal.

Brodeur made 19 saves in gaining his second win of the season against Pittsburgh. Marc-Andre Fleury had 28 saves for the Penguins (29-12-1).

"Especially in this building, we've been playing them well," said Brodeur, who improved his season record to 12-8-3. "We're trying to play well against good teams. We want to play well against everybody, but we have that little fear of the Penguins because we know how damaging they can be. So it brings out the best in us."

Henrique scored his ninth goal with a nifty finish of a pass from Ryan Clowe. Henrique made a quick move into the clear in front of the net and then lifted a shot over the left shoulder of Fleury. Ryder was credited with an assist on the goal.

A few minutes later, the Devils lost veteran winger Patrik Elias after he was knocked to the ice by Pittsburgh's Tanner Glass. Elias was face down on the ice and didn't move until medical personnel reached him. He got up slowly to his knees and then managed to skate off. He did not return.

"It wasn't precautionary," Devils coach Pete DeBoer said about his decision to hold Elias out. "I don't think there was an option. I talked to him between periods and he explained the play and told me it was awkward. But I don't know anything yet."

Brodeur earned his 44th career assist when he started the play that led to Ryder's 11th goal of the season at 2:45 of the second. Brodeur cleared the puck to Ryder, who skated past the blue line and into the middle before losing the puck. But Henrique quickly regained possession and sent it back into the middle, where Ryder fired his shot past Fleury.

Matt Niskanen cut it to 2-1 for Pittsburgh at 6:58 of the second from the right circle off a Crosby feed that beat Brodeur to his glove side. Crosby picked up his 23rd assist of the season on the goal and teammate Chris Kunitz registered his 22nd assist on the play.

The opening minutes of the game were frenetic for Brodeur. Kunitz blasted a slap shot that bounced off the right shoulder of Brodeur. Seconds later, Kunitz missed a chance at an open net with Brodeur down on far side of the goal.

"I wish that one would have gone in, too," Kunitz said. "He made a nice save, got his shoulder on that one. He's a good goaltender. He knows how the play the angles, that's for sure."


Crosby had an assist in the second period to give him nine goals and 23 points for the month of December and has now produced a point in 13 of the last 14 games for Pittsburgh. ... The Devils held the Penguins to just one power play, which came in the closing minutes of the third period.

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Martin Brodeur makes 19 saves and picks up an assist in the Devils' win over Pittsburgh. (USATSI)
Martin Brodeur makes 19 saves and picks up an assist in the Devils' win over Pittsburgh. (USATSI)
Pittsburgh (29-12-1)0101
New Jersey  (17-16-8) «1102
Three Stars
A. Henrique

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
M. Brodeur

Saves: 19
Save Pct.: .950
M. Ryder

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
01:38 - Adam Henrique (9), Wrist Shot. Assist: Clowe, Ryder
02:45 - Michael Ryder (12), Snap Shot. Assist: Henrique, Brodeur
06:58 - Matt Niskanen (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Crosby, Kunitz
Penalty Summary
06:17Crosby, 2 min, Hooking
09:34Bortuzzo, 2 min, Tripping
14:01Sutter, 2 min, Tripping
10:23Orpik, 2 min, Interference
15:12Salvador, 2 min, Interference
Shots On Goal
Marc-Andre Fleury59:40282
Martin Brodeur59:54191
Game Information
Attendance - 16592
Referees - Frederick L'Ecuyer, Dan O'Rourke
Linesmen - Matt MacPherson, Steve Miller
Other Games
NYR 2 Final
Fla 1
StL 2 Final
Min 1
Mon 4 Final
Car 5
NYI 5 Final
Bos 3
Buf 0 Final
Wpg 3
SJ 3 Final
Ana 6
LA 2 Final
Dal 3
Colu 3 Final
Colo 5
Phi 4 Final
Cal 1
Edm 3 Final
Pho 4