NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 11: Jason Arnott #25 of the New Jersey Devils is challenged for possession of the puck by Paul Martin #7 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the Prudential Center on October 11, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

Penguins Collect First Win Of Season In New Jersey

The Pens look for their first win in the year Monday afternoon in New Jersey.

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Paul Martin Leads Penguins Against Former Team

Sports Network | October 11, 2010

Newark, NJ (Sports Network) – Brent Johnson stopped 30 shots as the Pittsburgh Penguins took a 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.

Paul Martin, who played with the Devils for the previous six seasons prior to signing with Pittsburgh in the offseason, had a goal and an assist while Alex Goligoski and Matt Letestu each lit the lamp for the Penguins, who had dropped a pair of 3-2 decisions to Philadelphia and Montreal in their first two games of the season at their new home, the Consol Energy Arena.

Patrik Elias scored the lone goal while Martin Brodeur gave up two goals on 30 shots for the Devils, who have lost all three of their games thus far this season.

The Penguins struck with 1:04 left in the first period. Ilya Kovalchuk was tangled up with a Penguin in the neutral zone and Goligoski poked the puck away. From the top of the left circle, Goligoski cranked a slap shot that tipped off the glove of Brodeur and went into the net for a 1-0 lead.

Skating on the power play just 2:32 into the second, Pittsburgh took a 2-0 lead. Holding the puck at the left point, Kris Letang uncorked a shot that hit off of Letestu then a Devil before going into the net.

Johnson made eight saves in each of the first two periods to keep the Devils off the board.

New Jersey cut its deficit in half 8:20 into the third when Jason Arnott won a left circle faceoff straight back to Elias, who one-timed it over the glove of Johnson.

The Devils got Brodeur out of the net later for the extra attacker, but Martin put the puck into the empty net to seal the win.

New Jersey plays in Buffalo on Wednesday…Pittsburgh hosts Toronto on Wednesday…New Jersey swept the series last season, outscoring the Penguins, 22-5…Devils forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond was out of the lineup as he received an automatic one-game suspension for taking an instigator penalty in the final five minutes of Saturday’s 7-2 loss to Washington…Pittsburgh went 1-for-6 on the power play while New Jersey was 0-for-2.


Brent Johnson Starts; Brooks Orpik Sits Vs. New Jersey

The Penguins report that backup Brent Johnson will start in goal today against New Jersey and that defenseman Brooks Orpik is out.

Brent Johnson is starting in goal for #Pens & defenseman Brooks Orpik will not playless than a minute ago via OpenBeak


Dan Bylsma Switches Up Lines Against Devils

The Penguins will be sporting new lines when they take on the Devils today, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma is concerned enough about his team's work that he reconstructed three of his four lines at practice Sunday, leaving only the Matt Cooke-Max Talbot-Tyler Kennedy unit intact.

The other combinations are Chris Kunitz-Sidney Crosby-Mike Comrie, Eric Tangradi-Mark Letestu-Evgeni Malkin and Mike Rupp-Craig Adams-Pascal Dupuis/Eric Godard.


Penguins Aim To Get Back On Track Against Devils

Sports Network | October 11, 2010


(Sports Network) - A pair of Atlantic Division rivals will both be after their first victories of the 2010-11 season this afternoon when the New Jersey Devils host the Pittsburgh Penguins in a matinee at Prudential Center.

The Devils and Penguins have combined to win the last five division titles, but the clubs have yet to taste victory this season. Pittsburgh was dealt a pair of 3-2 regulation losses in the first two games at the team's new arena, Consol Energy Arena. The Devils lost an overtime decision to visiting Dallas on Friday before getting slammed, 7-2, in Washington the following night.

New Jersey will try to carry over last season's success against the Penguins into tonight's contest. The Devils won all six meetings versus Pittsburgh in 2009-10 and have taken seven of eight and eight of the last 10 regular-season matchups. The Pens have also dropped four in a row and five of their last six contests in the Garden State.

After losing to intrastate rival Philadelphia in the regular-season opener at their new building on Thursday, the Penguins were dealt a second 3-2 setback by Montreal on Saturday. Scott Gomez notched the game-winning goal as Montreal rallied to victory with a pair of scores in the final 2:12 of regulation. Mike Cammalleri tied the game at 17:48 and Gomez notched the decisive tally just 24 seconds later.

Evgeni Malkin and Mark Letestu scored for the Penguins, while Marc-Andre Fleury was tagged for three goals on 27 shots in defeat.

"We did some good things and had some positives out there," said Pittsburgh head coach Dan Bylsma. "But, one or two mistakes and they end up in the back of your net. They have to be corrected if you want to beat a good team."

Saturday's game marked the first meeting between the Penguins and Canadiens since last spring, when the Habs sent the defending Cup champs of 2009 home with a seven-game second-round defeat.

Following today's matchup with the Devils, the Penguins will get another chance to pick up a win at their new arena when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

After losing 4-3 in their home opener against the Stars, the Devils were handed a 7-2 setback by Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals on Saturday night. New Jersey actually led Washington by a 2-1 score after one period, but the Caps scored four times in the second and added two more in the final period to breeze to the easy win.

"I don't know if we forgot what we were doing or what," New Jersey captain Jamie Langenbrunner said of the second period. "We made some mistakes and left some guys open that you can't leave open in some spots. They made us pay for it."

Henrik Tallinder and Jason Arnott scored for the Devils. Martin Brodeur lasted just two periods, allowing five goals on 20 shots, before Johan Hedberg finished the third period with seven saves.

Devils forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond will not be available for tonight's game after receiving an automatic one-game suspension for taking an instigator penalty in the final five minutes of Saturday's game.

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