The Devils pounded 49 shots on Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury last night, outshooting the Pens 39-7 after the first period. Despite the lopsided shots the Devils needed an over-time goal by Zach Parise to come away with the two-points. The Devils now have won their first two games by the score of 2-1 against division rivals.
In a first period that saw the Pens come out strong and out skate the Devils, Brodeur and the defense held tight until the defending Eastern Conference Champions scored on their first power-play of the night. Evgani Malkin's shot from the point slipped through the crease where Miroslav Satan sitting off the left post swept the puck home into the open net to give the Pens 1-0 lead.
That lead held late into the 3rd period despite the Devils controlling the play. Using their size and strenght to wear down the Pens and pin them down in their own end, Elias was finally able to put the puck behind the Pens goalie. With 2:30 remaining in the regulation, Elias centered a pass that went right off Hal Gill's skate right past Fluery.
The Devils kept the pressure on all through over-time when Travis Zajac's long flip pass from his own end led Zach Parise perfectly down the left wing allowing him to put the puck over the right glove of Fleury for the game winner with :38 seconds remaining in over-time.
The Devils now look to make it three-for-three against division rivals when they head to MSG on monday to face off against the 4-0 Rangers.
- The Devils have not given up an even-strength goal so far this season.
- Rolston, Elias and Parise had 24 shots in the game. Then Pens only had 15 as a team.
- The Devils have started the season 1-10 on the power-play.
- The NJ Devils have only scored 4 goals in their first two games, the Lowell Devils have scored 9 goals. Four alone by rookie Matt Halischuk in a 6-4 win over Worcester.