Penguins beat Devils 4-2 to take sole possession of first place in Metropolitan Division – CBS Pittsburgh


NEWARK, NJ (AP) — Brian Boyle scored the game-clinching goal early in the third period, Tristan Jarry made 28 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins continued their momentum with a 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils Saturday.

Mike Matheson, Bryan Rust and Jake Guentzel also scored for the Penguins, who won their third straight overall and sixth straight on the road. Pittsburgh has improved to 7-1-3 in its last 11 games.

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Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier scored for the Devils, who had scored seven goals in each of their last two games – two wins on the road – but nonetheless fell to 3-8-0 in their last 11.

Boyle whipped the puck past Devils goaltender Jon Gillies at 6:58 of the third. The popular 37-year-old forward, who played for New Jersey from 2017-19, raised his fist in exultation after scoring his sixth goal of the season.

Guentzel cemented the victory with an empty goal at 18:53, his best 24th team goal of the season. The assists went to Rust and Sidney Crosby, who had two in the game but remain stuck on 499 career goals.

The Penguins are 11-3-1 in their last 15 games against New Jersey and have won five straight at the Prudential Center.

Rust scored 36 seconds into the third to put the Penguins ahead 2-1, deflecting a shot from defenseman Kris Letang and passing Gillies for his 17th goal. It came 6 seconds after a bench-minor penalty expired at the Devils.

Rust has scored in five straight games and has 16 goals and 28 points in his last 16 games.

Hischier tied the game at 2 with his 13th goal of the season at 2:51 of the third, extending his scoring streak to four games.

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Hughes opened the scoring for the Devils at 7:02 of the second. Playing for the first time since missing three games under COVID-19 protocols, Hughes beat Jarry for his 13th goal of the season.

Matheson tied the game with his seventh goal of the season at 13:16 of the period, firing a shot just inside the blue line.

Gillies made 31 saves for New Jersey.

REMARKS: The Devils were without top scorer Jesper Bratt with an upper body injury and F Janne Kuokkanen with a wrist injury. New Jersey also retired F Andreas Johnsson and D Christian Jaros. … Pittsburgh F Evgeni Malkin returned after missing the previous two games under COVID-19 protocols. … The Penguins scratched Ds Radim Zoharna and Mark Friedman. … Pittsburgh F Teddy Blueger is out until March with a fractured jaw.

FOLLOWING

Penguins: Host Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Devils: Host Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

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