Friday, March 17, 2006

Penguins 1 - New Jersey 2: Doubled by the Devils

It was classic Devils defensively-stifling and boring hockey as the Penguins fell to their trapping by a 2-1 score.

Crosby was held pointless in 21:39 with 2 shots on goal. The bad 'whiny' side of Sidney Crosby came out as he was assessed with an 'abuse of officials' penalty in the second period. Obviously, his PR people still have some work to do.

New Jersey rallied for a pair of second-period goals to give the Devils a 2-1 win over the Penguins on Thursday.

Jani Rita’s centering pass deflected off New Jersey defenseman Ken Klee and went into the net 8:53 into the period. There were no assists on the play.

John Madden poked in a rebound to tie the game at 1-all 5:51 into the second.

Brian Gionta rifled a shot past Marc-Andre Fleury on a breakaway to give the Devils a 2-1 lead with 2:35 left in the period.

Neither team scored in the third as the Devils snapped the Penguins’ two-game win streak. Pittsburgh managed only 14 shots on goal in the game.

Next up for the Penguins are the red-hot Canadiens and Cristobal Huet on Saturday night.

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