Devils shut out Penguins



New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur earned his 85th career shutout.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Martin Brodeur made 26 saves for his 85th career shutout and the New Jersey Devils beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 on Tuesday night.
Travis Zajac scored early in the second period, and Jay Pandolfo and Brian Gionta added insurance goals late in the third.
Brodeur earned his fifth shutout this season and moved into sole possession of third place on the career list, one ahead of Glenn Hall.
The win was only the third in eight games for the Atlantic Division-leading Devils, who ended a three-game losing streak on home ice.
Crosby's streak snapped
It was a frustrating night for Sidney Crosby and the Penguins. The NHL's leading scorer had his 10-game point streak snapped as Pittsburgh lost its fourth straight.
Zajac staked the Devils to a 1-0 lead at 1:23 of the second on a nice puck-control rush by his line. Zajac, Jamie Langenbrunner and Zach Parise crisscrossed in the Penguins zone with Zajac winding up with the puck in the right circle for a shot that beat Marc-Andre Fleury.
The assist was Langenbrunner's 100th with the Devils.
The Penguins, limited to only four shots in the first period, got their first power play at 8:01 of the second when Pandolfo was whistled for tripping. Although they didn't score, the Penguins were energized by the man advantage and pressed the attack more aggressively the rest of the period.
Pittsburgh had it best chance with 6 minutes remaining when Crosby whipped the puck to Ryan Malone on a 2-on-1 break only to have Malone ring the puck off the crossbar.
In the third, Pittsburgh got close-in power-play chances by Crosby and Michel Ouellet in the opening minutes, but Brodeur preserved the shutout with sprawling saves.
Pandolfo gave the Devils some breathing room when he scored with 4:02 remaining, and Gionta whipped a backhander past Fleury with 2:02 left for his team-leading 15th goal.
A major brawl nearly broke out in the closing seconds when Penguins rookie Jordan Stall kicked out Brodeur's skates, sending the goalie tumbling to the ice. Players from both teams came together but were quickly separated.
Notes
Devils defenseman Colin White sat out with a groin injury, missing his first game of the season. To fill the gap, the Devils recalled defenseman Alex Brooks from Lowell (AHL)
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