Pittsburgh (24-21-4) at New Jersey (31-15-3), 7:00 p.m. EST
NEWARK, New Jersey (Ticker) — The Pittsburgh Penguins began the
second half by showing a glimpse of what they were supposed to
be all season.
Coming off a rousing victory, the Penguins can continue picking
themselves up after a shoddy first half when they visit the
torrid New Jersey Devils on Friday.
Defenseman Kris Letang scored twice during a five-goal third
period as the Penguins skated to a 6-2 triumph over the New York
Rangers on Wednesday.
Petr Sykora also netted two goals and captain Sidney Crosby
added a tally and three assists for the Penguins, who completed
a 3-2-0 homestand with their fourth win in six games overall.
Pittsburgh, which begins a three-game road trip, trudged through
a 24-21-4 record prior to the All-Star break – months after
falling to the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Staked in the 10th spot in the Eastern Conference, the Penguins
stare at the daunting task of halting the Devils’ seven-game
Captain Jamie Langenbrunner finished with two goals and an
assist, including the game-winning tally in overtime, as the
Devils bounced back from a third-period letdown to post a 4-3
win over the Boston Bruins on Thursday.
All-Star Zach Parise and Patrik Elias also scored for New
Jersey, which was supported by a 24-save performance by Scott
The team has posted the longest string of victories since it won
nine straight from November 17-December 7, 2007.