NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins finally held on to a
two-goal lead, putting an end to a two-game losing streak.
The Penguins squandered two-goal leads in both loses, a fact they
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."
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
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 the 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
"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
Devils coach Brent Sutter found few positives in his team's
effort, which dropped their record to 2-2 at their new home, the
"I'm not going to sugarcoat 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."
The game was the second for both teams in a stretch of nine
straight against divisional foes. ... The Devils returned defenseman Olli
Malmivaara to AHL Lowell. ... Devils defenseman Karel Rachunek missed his
fourth straight game with a groin injury. The Penguins scratched defenseman Ryan Whitney (groin), center Colby Armstrong and left winger Jarkko Ruutu. ... The Devils have yet to win a game in which they gave up the
first goal (0-6-1).