New Jersey Devils 4 at Pittsburgh Penguins 6
- Attendance: 18,651
- Three Stars: 1. Carter Rowney 2. Sidney Crosby 3. Kyle Palmieri
- The Devils fell in their second of back-to-back games and are 0-3-1 vs. Pittsburgh this season. The clubs will meet for their season-series finale on April 6 at Prudential Center. New Jersey has not defeated the Penguins since Mar. 24, 2016 (four games).
- New Jersey finished its 15th of 18 sets of back-to-back games. The club is 5-6-4 in first games and is 7-5-3 in second games of back-to-backs.
- With tonight’s loss, the Devils are 9-10-3 against the Metropolitan Division and are 16-21-7 vs. Eastern Conference opponents.
- The Devils were 1-4 on the power play tonight and are 3-11 (27.3%) over the last five games.
- New Jersey was 3-4 on the penalty-kill tonight and have eliminated 12 of 15 (80%) opponent power plays over the last five games.
- The Devils were out-shot by Pittsburgh, 36-43.
- At 16:29 of the third period, Pittsburgh requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether a New Jersey player interfered with Pittsburgh goaltender Matt Murray prior to Kyle Palmieri’s goal.After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee confirmed no goaltender interference infractions occurred before the puck crossed the goal line.Therefore the original call stood – good goal New Jersey Devils.
Since the Coach’s Challenge did not result in the original call being overturned, the Pittsburgh Penguins forfeited their time-out.
- Kyle Palmieri increased his goal-streak to three games when he opened the scoring for New Jersey in the first period and again on the power play in the third period. Palmieri leads the team with 25 goals and has scored 10 times over the last 12 games.
- Palmieri has scored at least one point in each of his last six games against the Penguins (6g-2a).
- Stefan Noesen notched his sixth goal of the season, his fourth with New Jersey, at 14:02 of the first period.
- Beau Bennett has a three-game, point-streak (1g-2a) after scoring his fifth goal of the season at 19:02 of the second period.
- Taylor Hall and John Moore assisted on Palmieri’s marker. Hall has five points over his last four games (3g-2a), while Moore has a three-game, point-streak (1g-2a). Moore is two points shy of tying his career-high of 19 points set in the 2015-16 season. Hall also has four assists over his last four games vs. Pittsburgh.
- John Quenneville recorded the first point of his NHL career with an assist on Noesen’s goal. Pavel Zacha had the primary assist of Noesen’s score and has assists in each of the last three games.
- Adam Henrique and Jon Merrill each assisted on Bennett’s goal. Henrique has four points over his last three games (2g-2a). Merrill has six points on the season which surpasses his 2015-16 total of 1g-4a-5pts.
- Joseph Blandisi added an assist on Palmieri’s second goal of the night and has a career-high four-game, point-streak (1g-3a).
- Keith Kinkaid started in consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 20-21 and fell to 7-10-2 on the season. He stopped 37 of 42 shots (1 ENG) and denied a penalty shot against Pittsburgh’s Phil Kessel at 19:38 of the second period. It was the first penalty shot he has faced in his NHL career.