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Sport Penguins bounce back, crush Devils

05:35  24 december  2016
05:35  24 december  2016 Source:   sportsxchange.com

Crosby, Malkin lift Penguins to 5th win in row

  Crosby, Malkin lift Penguins to 5th win in row The Penguins have won five games in a row, their best run of 2016-17. They have 54 games remaining in the regular season. Win, oh, 52 or so of those, and they just might claim one of the top three spots in the Metropolitan Division playoff field.BOX SCORE:  PENGUINS 4, LIGHTNING 3They preserved their winning streak with a 4-3 victory against Tampa Bay at Amalie Arena tonight, rallying from yet another multiple-goal deficit.They key to the comeback was their previously dormant power play, which scored on three consecutive tries in the final two periods.

But the Penguins got the goal back in the final minute of the period and from an unlikely source. Ruhwedel, a healthy scratch Thursday, found himself open above the circles and powered a wrist shot past Schneider for his first career goal in 35 NHL games dating to the 2012-13 season.

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Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) makes a save against New Jersey Devils defenseman Andy Greene (6). © Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) makes a save against New Jersey Devils defenseman Andy Greene (6). PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby got Pittsburgh going with his NHL-leading 24th goal, Marc-Andre Fleury led a tightened-up defense with 23 saves and the Penguins won for the ninth time in 11 games by beating the New Jersey Devils 4-1 Friday night.

Evgeni Malkin set up two goals, defenseman Chad Ruhwedel scored his first NHL goal nearly four years after debuting and the Penguins quickly bounced back from one of their worst performances in coach Mike Sullivan's one-plus season on the job.

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BOX SCORE:  PENGUINS 4, DEVILS 1

Eric Fehr and Patric Hornqvist also scored for the Penguins, who got a strong night in net from Fleury one night after Matt Murray gave up six goals in Columbus. Fleury has been a bit uneven this season, going 9-5-4 as Murray has had the majority of the starts lately, but fans in PPG Paints Arena chanted "Fleury, Fleury, Fleury" as the game wound down.

The Devils, barely able to get off a shot until the middle of the second period, lost their eighth in nine games and fell to 1-6-1 in their last eight games in Pittsburgh -- including a 4-3 shootout loss on Nov. 26 when Crosby tied it with only 14 seconds left in regulation.

Crosby got the first one in this game, and the Penguins never trailed. Ruhwedel's goal late in the second restored their two-goal lead, and Hornqvist finished it off with his second goal in three games after going seven games without a goal.

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The Penguins improved to 8-0-1 in their last nine home games while offering an immediate response after getting crushed 7-1 in Columbus on Thursday. Kyle Palmieri scored for the Devils , who lost for the eighth time in nine games. Cory Schneider stopped 35 shots but received little help in front of him.

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The Penguins are 9-0-1 in their last 10 home games.

One night after the Penguins defense melted down by allowing seven consecutive goals in a 7-1 loss at Columbus, they tightened up by allowing New Jersey only two shots -- both from long range -- while taking a 1-0 lead in the first period.

Crosby gets many of his goals from in close, but this time he beat goalie Cory Schneider with a one-timer from the right point off Justin Schultz's pass 11 minutes into the period -- his 24th goal of the season, second in as many games and seventh in nine games.

Pittsburgh kept up the defensive pressure in the second period as New Jersey continued to struggle to get off shots. Fourth-line Penguins Fehr made it 2-0 at 4:13 by getting the final deflection of Matt Cullen's shot from in front.

The Devils, who ended a seven-game losing streak by shutting out Philadelphia 4-0 on Thursday night, broke through offensively when center Kyle Palmieri -- while screening Fleury on John Moore's shot -- found the puck laying in the crease and lifted it into the net.

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But the Penguins got the goal back in the final minute of the period and from an unlikely source. Ruhwedel, a healthy scratch Thursday, found himself open above the circles and powered a wrist shot past Schneider for his first career goal in 35 NHL games dating to the 2012-13 season.

NOTES: Penguins G Marc-Andre Fleury started after rookie G Matt Murray allowed a career-high six goals Thursday in a 7-1 loss at Columbus. ... Devils F Jacob Josefson (concussion) missed a fourth consecutive game. ... Neither team had a morning skate. ... The teams are playing a holiday-interrupted back-to-back, with the next game Tuesday in Newark, N.J.. ... Penguins D Kris Letang (lower-body injury) and D Trevor Daley (upper-body injury) both remained out. ... Of Jaromir Jagr's 1,888 points, the second most in NHL history, more than half -- 1,079 -- came in his 11 Penguins seasons. ... The Devils scratched F Devante Smith-Pelly and D Kyle Quincey. The Penguins sat down D Derrick Pouliot.

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50 in 50 for Crosby? Odds are nowhere near 50-50 .
Mike Sullivan is a pretty pragmatic guy. He analyzes. He evaluates. He calculates. But on rare occasions, Sullivan, who coaches the Penguins, infuses his logic with a little latitude. Like when pondering the possibility of Sidney Crosby, who leads the NHL with 26 goals, scoring 50 times in his first 50 games this season. That would entail Crosby getting 24 goals in his next 18 games, a scorching pace that projects to 109 goals over a full season.Sullivan understands how improbable it would be for any player to go on such a tear.But he also recognizes the perils inherent in proclaiming that any feat is too much to expect of Crosby.

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