Newark, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) – Travis Zajac had one goal and an assist in
the New Jersey Devils’ 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday.
Jaromir Jagr and Adam Henrique also lit the lamp for the Devils, who snapped a
three-game skid. Cory Schneider made 26 saves.
It was the first victory for New Jersey’s new coaching trio of Lou Lamoriello,
Scott Stevens and Adam Oates since they replaced Pete DeBoer.
Sidney Crosby scored the lone goal for the Penguins, who have dropped four
straight. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 24-of-27 shots.
Crosby used a nifty move to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead at the 14:37 mark of
the first period. He skated around defenseman Andy Greene at the blue line and
then ripped his trademark backhand into the top of the net.
Zajac scored on the power play at 5:33 of the middle stanza. Marek Zidlicky’s
blast from the point left a rebound in front for Zajac.
Jagr gave the Devils a 2-1 lead at the 18:40 mark when he beat Fleury with a
shot from the top of the right circle.
Henrique made it a two-goal game at 5:32 of the third. After the Penguins
turned the puck over in their own zone, Henrique jammed home his own rebound.
Schneider made 11 saves in the third to secure the victory.
The Penguins have lost five straight on the road … New Jersey recalled
forwards Joe Whitney and Stefan Matteau from Albany (AHL) … Pittsburgh
recalled defenseman Brian Dumoulin from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).