Penguins fall to the Devils, 3-1
The New Jersey Devils' Anton Volchenkov checks the Penguins' Brandon Sutter during the first period of this afternoon's game in Newark.
The New Jersey Devils' Krystofer Barch, right, fights with the Penguins' Deryk Engelland during the first period of this afternoon's NHL hockey game in Newark.
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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.
First Published February 9, 2013 3:43 pm