Newark, N.J.- On New Years Eve, the New Jersey Devils entered the game 11-2 in their last 13 home games against the Pittsburgh Penguins. That record would improve to 12-2 after their 2-1 victory today, and 13-3 since the Prudential Center first opened.
The Devils got off to an early start when Adam Henrique scored in the slot at 1:38. Henrique received a pass from Ryane Clowe and then made some moves to put it past Marc-Andre Fleury.
That same line would produce the Devils second and game-winning goal. Martin Brodeur sent a long pass to Michael Ryder who had a pass broken up, but it ended up on Henrique’s stick. Henrique escaped some pressure and then found Ryder in the slot for the game winner.
The Penguins added a goal from Matt Niskanen at 6:58 in the second period, but could not find the tying goal.
Brodeur played an awesome game, stopping 19 of 20 shots, which were mostly great scoring chances by the Penguins.
Patrik Elias was injured in the first period after being checked in the neutral zone by Tanner Glass. Elias slid into the boards and was very slow to get up, but skated off on his own power. He did not return to the game.
The win improves the Devils to 17-16-8 and are now over .500 for the first time this season.
The Devils are off until Friday night when they take on the Chicago Blackhawks, who dominated them 5-2 in Chicago last week. See the Devils take on the Blackhawks for their first home game of 2014 by getting your Devils tickets here.
1st Star - Adam Henrique
2nd Star - Martin Brodeur
3rd Star - Michael Ryder