Pittsburgh, PA - The New Jersey Devils took on the Pittsburgh Penguins for the third time this season. The teams split the first two meetings, but the Penguins got the upper hand tonight.
The Devils started out rough, allowing a fluke goal just 42-seconds into the game. The puck was dumped into the Devils zone and was bouncing in front of Cory Schneider. The puck was not fully covered and was moving around, allowing for Pascal Dupuis to poke it past the goal line.
Just over seven minutes later the Penguins scored again. Rookie defenseman Jon Merrill whiffed on the puck allowing a 2-on-1 for Eric Gelinas to handle. Gelinas went along the half boards leaving Chris Conner wide open in the slot for an easy goal.
Jason Megna scored his fourth of the year on a rebound to give the Penguins a 3-0 lead at the end of the first period.
The Devils rallied early on in the second period, scoring two goals in a minute to pull within one.
Patrik Elias scored the first on a deflection that just went over the glove of Marc-Andre Fleury. On the second goal Dainius Zubrus stole a goal from Jaromir Jagr, but it was better to be safe than sorry. Jagr’s initial shot was trickling over the goal line and Zubrus tapped it over the line.
The Devils failed to score in the remaining 35-minutes of the game. This was another tough loss for the Devils and they need a win tomorrow night at home against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Tomorrow night’s game may be a little empty because of inclement weather in the area. The Newark area is expected to receive anywhere from 3-6 inches of snow tomorrow and may cause some problems for the commute to the stadium.