Pens Extend Streak To 10, Beat Devils, 2-1
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — The Penguins added another win to their record, beating the New Jersey Devils, 2-1 Monday night.
With their 10th consecutive win, the team has tied a franchise record for the second-longest winning streak.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves, allowing just one goal that came during the power play by Brian Rolston late in the first period.
Chris Kunitz then tied it about a minute later with a one-timer off a feed from Sidney Crosby. Crosby took a pass from Pascal Dupuis off his back skate, deflected it up to his stick and found Kunitz all in one motion to set up the goal.
The assist kept Crosby’s point streak alive and added the eventual game-winning goal at 12:49 of the second. Alex Goligoski’s shot deflected to Crosby at the right side of the net, and his shot banked off defenseman Colin White’s stick and past Johan Hedberg.
Crosby leads the NHL with 24 goals and 24 assists for 48 points. He failed to get a hat trick for the third consecutive home game, but has nine goals in five games and six in three games.
Crosby’s 16-game point streak (18 goals, 15 assists) is the league’s longest this season and ties for the second longest of his career. He had a 19-game streak from Oct. 6-Nov. 17, 2007, but he already has three more points during this run.
The Penguins won their sixth in a row at home despite going 0 for 6 on the power play, including a two-man advantage that lasted 34 seconds early in the third period.
New Jersey (8-17-2) lost its fourth in five games despite Hedberg’s 32 saves. The Devils have won the Atlantic Division three of the last four seasons.