Pittsburgh Penguins Fall In Back-to-Back Games to the New Jersey Devils

By Michael Roberts
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The Pittsburgh Penguins are glad they won’t have to see the New Jersey Devils again until the second last game of the season, after back-to-back losses over the weekend.

The Penguins fell 3-1 in New Jersey on Saturday afternoon, and followed it up with another 3-1 loss in Pittsburgh on Sunday night.

Entering the weekend, the Penguins were on top of the division, as the weekend resulted in a missed opportunity for Pittsburgh to create separation among the other four teams. David Clarkson scored two goals Sunday night, while former Penguins goalie Johan Hedberg was solid stopping 23 of 24 shots against.

New Jersey was able to do what no team prior to them were able to accomplish by keeping Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby off the scoreboard in the first contest. Malkin managed to pick up an assist on a James Neal power play goal in the rematch, however Crosby was once again held off the score sheet. It was another first for the Devils as it’s the only time this season Crosby was held pointless in consecutive games.

Penguin fans need not worry about their captain’s performance, as Crosby had multiple scoring chances in the contest Sunday night, but couldn’t solve Hedberg.

Pittsburgh will now try to get back on track when they host the Ottawa Senators on Feb. 13. The bad news for Ottawa is they’ll now try to keep Crosby pointless for three straight games.

Michael covers ACC and Big East basketball along with the NBA and NHL for Rant Sports, you can follow him on Twitter @MichaelxRoberts

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