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Shout at the Devil: New Jersey takes down PIttsburgh 4-1

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Nothing good lasts forever and that applies to the Penguins' winning streak.  New Jersey jumped to an early lead, clamped down in the trap behind their Hall of Fame goalie and rode out a victory.

  • Martin Brodeur, the epitome of an active living legend, was up to the task tonight.  32 saves on 33 shots, he had all the answers.
  • The Devils forwards did the rest, with Travis Zajac going 1 goal and 1 assist and being the most dangerous skater on the ice -- no easy task with the firepower the Pens have.
  • Don't look now but Alex "You can call me Al" Goligoski is on a five game point streak, he was the only shooter to solve Brodeur.
  • Not for the lack of trying, Tyler Kennedy had a game high 6 shots on goal.
  • Evgeni Malkin recorded a grand total of 0 shots on goal (0 missed and 0 blocked).  Add that to 7 of 10 faceoffs lost and it's easy to say the reigning scoring champ and playoff MVP has to do better than that to give his team a chance.
  • Power play went 0 for 4 without Sergei Gonchar.  The Pens still have plenty of skill out there, but were unable to execute.  Tough.  A PP goal would have changed the course of the game, but it wasn't to be on this night.
  • Only 6 blocked shots for the Penguins, not the recipe for success for the Pittsburgh team known to get in the way of shots.

So that's it.  The winning streak is over, beaten by a great goalie and a terrific all-around defensive game.  It's not the end of the world, just an October game.   Pittsburgh has to re-group, not the best effort in back-to-back games, and plenty to work on as they move forward.