Final

Series (Game 4 of 6)

Series tied 3-3

Game 1: Saturday, October 11th
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OT
Penguins1
Game 2: Saturday, November 29th
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Penguins4
Game 3: Wednesday, December 10th
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Devils4
Game 4: Friday, December 26th
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Devils0
Game 5: Friday, January 30th
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OT
Devils4
Game 6: Wednesday, April 1st
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Penguins6

Penguins 1

(19-12-4, 42 pts)

Devils 0

(19-11-3, 41 pts)

7:00 PM ET, December 26, 2008

Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey

1 2 3 T
PIT 0 1 01
NJ 0 0 00

M. Fleury (Penguins - G): Saves: 37, Save Pct.: 1.000

R. Fedotenko (Penguins - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

S. Clemmensen (Devils - G): Saves: 17, Save Pct.: .944

Fleury a standout in net for Pens, blanks suddenly uneven Devils

Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. -- It took five games for Marc-Andre Fleury to regain the timing that made him a vital part of Pittsburgh's Stanley Cup final run last season.

Fast Facts

• The Devils have lost two straight following a three-game win streak and have been shut out in consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 26-27, 2006.

• Ruslan Fedotenko scored the game's only goal as the Penguins improved to 5-1-2 in their last eight games vs. the Devils.

• Evgeni Malkin recorded an assist, giving him a point in 10 of his last 11 games.

• New Jersey has lost six of their last eight home games vs. the Penguins.

-- ESPN research

Fleury made 37 saves for Pittsburgh's first shutout of the season, and Ruslan Fedotenko scored midway through the second period in the Penguins' 1-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

Fleury, making his fifth straight start after missing 12 games because of an undisclosed injury, had his 12th career shutout. He was sharp throughout, especially in the third period when he stopped Jay Pandolfo's short-handed bid and made a dazzling blocker save against Jamie Langenbrunner.

"I'm feeling better, timing wise," Fleury said. "It's the foot movement. I'm in the right place at the right time now."

He certainly was for the Penguins, winners for only the fourth time in the last 10 games.

"It's pretty cool, " Fleury said. "I want to do my part and help out. I tried to make the saves and keep the game close."

Penguins coach Michel Therrien felt his team played better as the game went on.

"It was a rugged first period without a lot of flow," Therrien said. "I thought we played really well in the second and got the lead, and defended it well in the third. And the star of the game was Marc-Andre Fleury. He made key save after key save."

The Devils came close on a number of occasions, but came away with nothing. Fleury saved it in the closing seconds with a pair of pad stops on Langenbrunner after the Devils pulled Clemmensen for an extra attacker in the final minute.

"He played well," Devils coach Brent Sutter said of Fleury. "He made some big saves for them. That being said, we made him look good at certain times too, where we had opportunities and we hit him in the crest."

The Devils have squandered a lot of opportunities lately. They were shut out 2-0 by Boston on Tuesday night and have not scored in seven regulation periods.

Fedotenko got the goal at 12:51 of the second, taking a return pass from Evgeni Malkin and firing a shot from the slot that Clemmensen partially blocked.

The Devils thought they had the equalizer with 4:06 remaining in the period when David Clarkson jammed at the puck in a goalmouth scramble. Penguins defenseman Mark Eaton, having been knocked to the ice, kicked the puck clear as it hovered on the goal line.

"You see the puck go in and you're pretty excited going back to the bench," Clarkson said. "When they review it, you never know. It obviously didn't go in because they didn't count it. I've got to bear down there a little more and get a bit more on it."

The Devils outshot the Penguins 12-5 in a scoreless first period in which both teams had outstanding chances in the final seconds. The Devils tested Fleury with a hard shot by Zach Parise and the rebound by Langenbrunner. The Penguins quickly shifted to the attack, with Clemmensen turning aside former Devil Petr Sykora.

Game notes


The game closed a four-game homestand for the Devils. They take a short hop Saturday to Madison Square Garden to play the New York Rangers, kicking off a three-game trip. ... Devils D Bryce Salvador remained sidelined with an upper-body injury. Penguins scratches were D Kris Letang and C Mike Zigomanis, both out with undisclosed injuries .... The Penguins called up forwards Paul Bissonnette and Dustin Jeffrey from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL on Friday. ... Sidney Crosby did not have a shot on goal for a second straight game.

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