Three Stars: 1. Sidney Crosby 2. Evgeni Malkin 3. Adam Henrique
The Devils are now 9-3-2 at home and are 0-2-1 in their season-series vs. Pittsburgh. They were 0-2-0 in this home-and-home series.
New Jersey is 3-3-2 vs. the Metropolitan Division and is 7-8-5 against Eastern Conference opponents.
Tonight’s defeat was the second loss at Prudential Center against the Penguins since the 2012-13 season (7-2-1).
The Devils were 1-7 on the power play and are 4-21 (19.0%) with the man-advantage over the past five games.
New Jersey was 2-3 on the penalty-kill tonight and are 7-10 (70.0%) while shorthanded over the past five games.
The Devils were out-shot, 23-29, including 6-10 in the second period.
At 6:43 of the first period, New Jersey requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether a Pittsburgh player interfered with Cory Schneider prior to Evgeni Malkin’s goal. After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee confirmed that the actions of New Jersey’s Devante Smith-Pelly caused Pittsburgh’s Patric Hornqvist to contact Schneider before the puck crossed the goal line. The decision was made in accordance with Note 2 of Rule 78.7 (ii) which states, in part, that the goal on the ice should be allowed because “the attacking Player was pushed, shoved or fouled by a defending Player causing the attacking Player to come into contact with the goalkeeper.”
P.A. Parenteau scored his team-leading ninth goal (tie, M. Cammalleri, A. Henrique) of the season at 1:18 of the first period. He has four points (3g-1a) over his last five games.
Adam Henrique notched his team-leading ninth goal (tie, M. Cammalleri, P.A. Parenteau) on the power play at 8:23 of the second period and led the Devils with three shots. He has three points (2g-1a) over the last three games.
Taylor Hall had an assist, his 15th, and the third over the last three games.
Travis Zajac tallied a helper on Henrique’s PP goal. His 16 assists and 24 points leads all New Jersey players.
Kyle Palmieri also registered an assist and has a three-game points-streak (2g-1a).
Cory Schneider made his fifth straight start in goal and fell to 10-12-5 on the season. He stopped 24 of 28 shots.
Damon Severson had a season-high 25:15 of ice-time.
Vernon Fiddler was 10-12 (83%) in the faceoff circle and registered two hits.
Devante Smith-Pelly had a season-high five hits tonight.