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Devils Vs. Penguins: James Neal Scores Decisive Shootout Goal As Pens Win

The Penguins recorded another shootout victory Friday night, defeating the New Jersey Devils 1-0.

The first period somehow included only four shots on goal, with the Penguins recording three of those. The offensive picked up in the second and third periods, but the scoring did not, and the two teams entered overtime in a scoreless tie.

In the shootout period, Martin Brodeur fended off shots by Kris Letang and Alex Kovalev, while Marc-Andre Fleury stopped Brian Rolston, Ilya Kovalchuk and Patrik Elias. James Neal was able to convert the Penguins' third shootout attempt, however, sealing the victory. Brodeur recorded 26 saves for the game, while Fleury had 21.

The Penguins' last three games have resulted in shootout victories. The Pens will host the Florida Panthers at 1:00 on Sunday. The Pens are currently two points behind the Philadelphia Flyers in the Atlantic Division race, and are very close to clinching a playoff berth (a loss by the Carolina Hurricanes to go along with their victory tonight would have sealed it, but the Hurricanes beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-3).

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.