NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey scored three unanswered goals to defeat the Penguins, 3-1, at the Prudential Center today.
The loss ended the Penguins' five-game winning streak and allowed the Devils to hurdle them and take over first place in the Atlantic Division.
The Penguins' No. 2 power-play unit produced the only goal of the opening period, as Brandon Sutter deflected a Simon Despres shot past Devils goalie Martin Brodeur at 1:23.
The goal, Sutter' third, stretched his scoring streak to four games, one shy of his career-best.
New Jersey was awarded the next four chances with the extra man, but failed to capitalize.
The Devils finally pulled even at 16:31 of the second period, when rookie Stefan Matteau took a feed from Andy Greene and threw a shot past Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury from the inner edge of the right circle.
Adam Henrique put the Devils in front, 2-1, during a power play at 10:56 of the third, as he converted a rebound and Bobby Butler added an insurance goal, again during a man-advantage, at 13:08.
The Penguins (8-4) and Devils will meet for the third time in nine days Sunday at 7:38 p.m. at Consol Energy Center.mobilehome - homepage - breaking - penguins
First Published February 9, 2013 8:45 PM