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Clemmensen, Devils look to bounce back against Penguins

Pittsburgh (18-12-4) at New Jersey (19-10-3), 7:00 p.m. EST

NEWARK, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Goaltender Scott Clemmensen and

the New Jersey Devils were rolling until they faced an Eastern

Conference heavyweight.

Looking to bounce back from being shut out for the first time

since November 3, the Devils on Friday face another potent

conference foe, the Pittsburgh Penguins.

New Jersey failed to extend its winning streak to three games in

a 2-0 loss to the surging Boston Bruins on Tuesday.

Clemmensen stopped 22 shots for the Devils, who had been nearly

as hot, riding a 12-2-1 streak into the showdown. He lost for

just the second time in regulation since taking over as the

full-time starter in place of the injured Martin Brodeur.

Pittsburgh was blanked for the first time this season in a 2-0

loss to the lowly Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, in the midst

of trying to find a way to end its struggles in December.

Evgeni Malkin and captain Sidney Crosby have been clicking on

all cylinders - ranking first and second, respectively, in the

NHL in points - but the Penguins are 4-6-1 this month.

Malkin saw his streak of games with at least one point and at

least one assist come to an end at nine. His assist streak was

the second-longest in the league this season - Malkin had at

least an assist in 13 consecutive games from October 16-November


Netminder Marc-Andre Fleury, who made his fourth consecutive

start since returning from a groin injury, made 27 saves against

the Lightning.


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