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Penguins seek another offensive outburst vs. hot Devils

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.

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Staked in the 10th spot in the Eastern Conference, the Penguins
stare at the daunting task of halting the Devils’ seven-game
winning streak.

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
Clemmensen.

The team has posted the longest string of victories since it won
nine straight from November 17-December 7, 2007.