Chris Kunitz, Sid Crosby star as Penguins clinch first home win
Pittsburgh, PA, United States (4E Sports) – Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby tallied three points apiece as the Pittsburgh Penguins clinched their first home victory via a 5-1 triumph over the New Jersey Devils Saturday at CONSOL Energy Center.
Kunitz and Crosby each had a goal and two assists while Brandon Sutter and Robert Bortuzzo both scored their first goal in a Penguin uniform as Pittsburgh won its second straight game to improve to 5-3.
Kris Letang also contributed a goal and reigning scoring champion Evgeni Malkin had two assists for the Penguins, who limited New Jersey to 16 shots.
Facing his childhood idol Martin Brodeur, Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury had 16 saves, including two denials against Devils sniper Ilya Kovalchuk, to improve to 7-3 in his past 10 against the Devils.
Andy Greene had a shorthanded goal while Brodeur tallied 30 saves for the Devils, who suffered their fourth straight loss after opening the season with three consecutive victories.
The defeat was the Devils’ first in regulation after suffering their first three losses in either in overtime or shootout.
Sutter scored for the first time since a draft-day trade from Carolina and Kunitz added a goal to give Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead in the second period.
Minutes later, Greene put the Devils on the board when he hit a backhand shot from assists by Dainius Zubrus and Ryan Carter for his first goal since March 17, 2012 — also against Pittsburgh.
In the third, Letang made it 3-1 when he accepted a pass from Kunitz and hit a wrist shot that beat Brodeur high to the glove side.
Crosby put the game away with his fourth goal of the season and set up Bortuzzo’s first career goal.