The Pittsburgh Penguins put a two-game losing streak to bed Monday night in Newark as they dominated the New Jersey Devils in a 5-0 shutout performance. Penguins Dany Sabourin got the call in net from coach Therrien and responded perfectly with his first shutout, assisted by the excellent play of his teammates.
The Penguins jumped out to a 2-goal lead in the first period. The first goal came at 12:09 on the power play from the stick of Sidney Crosby. Petr Sykora and Sergei Gonchar assisted on the goal to keep the Penguins power play streak alive. The goal extended the Penguins’ man-advantage goal streak to 14 consecutive games, tying the franchise record last attained in 1988-89. The goal also extended Sidney Crosby’s point scoring streak to 13 games, a new career high. Adam Hall netted the second goal of the night at 16:19 while the teams were playing at even strength. Brooks Orpik and Maxime Talbot were credited with the assists. The Penguins went 1 for 1 on the man advantage in the period, and successfully killed off two penalties of their own to Gonchar and Laraque. The Penguins had a slight edge in shots at 12-10.
In the second period the Penguins outshot the Devils 10-3 and put in 2 more even strength tallies to avoid a repeat of the last 2 games in which they gave up 2-goal leads. Petr Sykora put goal #3 past Martin Brodeur at 5:48 on a highlight reel pass from Evgeni Malkin as he slid on his knees towards the net. With the assist, Malkin’s point scoring streak extended to 7-games. At 11:18, Eric Christensen scored goal #4 on the give and go with Maxime Talbot. The goal was also assisted by Georges Laraque who is back at 100% after missing several games with a groin injury. The Penguins were 0 for 2 on the power play in the second.
Early in the third, the Penguins scored goal #5 and chased Martin Brodeur from the net in favor of Kevin Weekes. The goal came from Sidney Crosby, his second of the night and team-leading 9th of the season. Brooks Orpik was credited with the assist. Penguins goaltender played fabulously in net to hold off the Devils and capture his first shutout. He preserved it with a sensational glove save on Paul Martin midway through the period, the toughest of the 6 shots he faced in the final period. “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 all night.”
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The Penguins return home for a game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.