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Penguins beat Jersey 5-2 for 11th consecutive win

Matt Cooke scored twice, Sidney Crosby had three assists and the Penguins limited the Devils to 14 shots in a 5-2 win in New Jersey on Saturday for their 11th consecutive victory.

With a completely healthy line-up due to the return of Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang the Penguins again looked absolutely fantastic on both ends of the ice. They outshot the Devils 43 to 14 and Marc-Andre Fleury was solid between the pipes to seal the victory.

The Penguins got off to a fast start with a goal just two minutes into the game. Evgeni Malkin won a faceoff to the right of Martin Brodeur, shoveled it back to James Neal, and Neal fired a quick shot past Brodeur for the 1-0 lead.

The Devils answered with three minutes remaining in the first. Getting out on the rush, Ilya Kovalchuk left a pass for a streaking Andy Greene on Fleury’s blocker side, and Green fired a wrist shot over Fleury’s shoulder to tie the game at 1-1.

After an icing call against the Pens and a timeout, Pascal Dupuis put the Penguins up 2-1 halfway through the second period. Dupuis received a drop back pass from Jordan Staal in the offensive zone and ripped a shot past Brodeur’s glove side.

The Penguins scored again shortly after Dupuis’ goal. Sidney Crosby sent a pass across the slot to Matt Cooke, and the puck bounced off Cooke’s skate and into the back of the net to extend the lead to 3-1.

The Pens extended their lead even further on a power-play goal by Malkin. Crosby protected the puck on the half boards to the right of Brodeur long enough for Malkin to get wide open on the far left side of the ice. Crosby sent a pass cross-ice and Malkin ripped a blistering one-timer past Brodeur for the 4-1 lead.

Petr Sykora cut the Pens lead in half with a goal shortly into the third period. Sykora chipped the puck past Fleury to put the score at 4-2 with 17 minutes to go.

Cooke scored the final goal of the game, putting the score at 5-2, when he slammed home a loose puck in front of Brodeur.

The Penguins look to extend their winning streak on Sunday afternoon against their cross-state rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers. The game is set to start at 12:30 p.m.

Scoresheet:
Goals:

PIT: James Neal (32), Pascal Dupuis (20), Matt Cooke (15, 16), Evgeni Malkin (40)
NJ: Andy Greene (1), Petr Sykora (16)
Assists:
PIT: Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, Matt Niskanen, Sidney Crosby (3), T yler Kennedy (2), Chris Kunitz
NJ: Ilya Kovalchuk, Mark Fayne, Patrik Elias, Andy Greene

In the Net:
PIT: Marc-Andre Fleury (W) 12-14
NJ: Martin Brodeur (L) 38-43

Special Teams:
PIT: 1-3
NJ: 0-3

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