It was a parade to the penalty box all game long for the Penguins after they committed 10 penalties in the contest with the Devils capitalizing when it mattered most. Bobby Butler and Adam Henrique scored in the final frame on goals set up by Ilya Kovalchuk.
It was anybody’s game entering the third period as top spot in the Atlantic Division was on the line. Unfortunately, Pittsburgh couldn’t find any rhythm as it’s somewhat difficult to win a game playing four on five for the majority of the final period.
It also didn’t help Martin Brodeur delivered a stellar outing in his 1200th career game. The legendary goaltender made it look like it was only his 12th career game as no signs of old age were visible during the contest. Brodeur stopped 24 of 25 shots against but put an exclamation point on his performance in the final minute when he robbed Evgeni Malkin on what looked like a sure goal.
Paul Martin skated up the ice with the clock ticking down and fed a one-timer pass to Malkin, who had a wide open net to send the puck to the back of meshing. Brodeur slid across the crease and denied Malkin and the Penguins of any last second comeback attempt.
Malkin, along with Sidney Crosby were both held scoreless in the contest, making it the first time this season neither one recorded a point. As a result, Crosby’s six game point streak came to an end.
The Penguins don’t have to wait long before having a chance to avenge the loss against the Devils as the two teams will face off tomorrow in Pittsburgh.