Kasperi Kapanen had a goal and an assist in his return from a lower-body injury, and the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the New Jersey Devils 5-1 at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday. Sidney Crosby, Bryan Rust and Teddy Blueger each had an objective and an help, and Tristan Jarry made 30 saves for the Penguins (30-14-3), who have earned six of eight. Jarry allowed six goals on 11 shots in the third period of a 7-6 win against the Devils on Tuesday.
Pittsburgh is tied Flag Iron Ons with the brand new York Islanders for second in the eight-team MassMutual East Toronto Blue Jays Iron Ons Division, one point behind the Washington Capitals. The top four teams qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Aaron Dell allowed four goals on 15 photos before being pulled in the second period for the Devils (14-26-6), who’ve lost eight straight. Scott Wedgewood made seven saves in relief. Dell came in to start the next period Tuesday after Wedgewood allowed four goals on 13 shots. The teams finish the three-game set here Saturday. Crosby gave Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead 41 seconds into the first period, scoring on a wrist shot from the left face-off circle. It was his 19th goal of the season.
He can become the first player in Penguins history to have 13 seasons with at least 20 goals.Blueger scored a shorthanded objective on a snap shot to make it 5-1 at 15:59. It had been the 1st shot Wedgewood faced. The Devils also allowed an early goal Tuesday, when Mike Matheson put the Penguins ahead 1-0 at 3:49 of the first. Matt Tennyson tied it 1-1 with a slap shot at 12:34. It was the defenseman’s initial NHL objective since Dec. 5, 2015, when he Clan Badges Heat Transfers scored for the San Jose Sharks against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Cody Ceci put Pittsburgh back up 2-1 with simple shot from the point at 17:46. The Penguins scored on three straight shots in the second period, starting with Rust and Kapanen 25 seconds apart. Rust was set up by Jake Guentzel on a 2-on-1, making it 3-1 at 12:03; Kapanen skated around Jonas Siegenthaler for a wrist shot to press the lead to 4-1 at 12:28.