Captain Sidney Crosby put the sound on the first shift two nights later.
Crosby and Bryan Rust each scored their 19th goal of the season and the Penguins beat the Devils 5-1 on Thursday night.
“(Crosby) tried to make a big statement to our team that we would react properly,” said Penguins coach Mike Sullivan. “They dominated the first shift and scored the goal. I think it is a testament to his leadership skills.
Kasperi Kapanen returned to the Pittsburgh squad after 13 appearances due to a left foot injury, and included one goal and one assist. Teddy Blueger scored a short hand, and Cody Ceci also scored for Penguins.
The teams also met on Tuesday, as Pittsburgh became the first team in NHL history to win despite conceding six goals in the third inning in a 7-6 win. The Penguins, who have 12 wins and scored in 14 of their last 17 games, have not lost their lead this time.
Tristan Jarry, who netted those six goals on Tuesday’s 11 shots in the third half, made 30 saves for the Penguins.
“We have a large number of players who know how to win,” said Sullivan. “We have great veteran leadership. These guys take over, the rest of the teams do as “.
Matt Tennyson scored for New Jersey, his first since December 15, 2015, when he played for San Jose. Aaron Dell was eliminated in the second half after conceding four goals out of 15 shots. Scott Wedgewood blocked seven shots in the Devil’s eighth straight defeat.
Teams that complete three games are set on Saturday in Pittsburgh.
“Right now, we are a team that needs to save big mistakes,” said the Devil’s coach, Lindy Ruff. “We don’t have them yet and it’s been difficult for us. At the same time, we have to narrow the margin on the mistakes we are making.
The penguins scored three goals in the first four shots of the second half, making the lead to a 5-1 lead.
Rust completed a timer from Jake Guentzel in a 2 on 1 match at 12:03.
Kapanen used his speed to get past defender Jonas Siegenthaler and beat Dell, as Penguins scored consecutive goals in 25 seconds.
Blueger scored his third goal in multiple games at 15:59 on the second, giving Pittsburgh a four-goal lead.
Crosby opened the scoring in the 41st second of the match, after a lingering change in the Devil’s area. He caught a pass near the top of the left circle and shot a shot over Dell’s shoulder. Crosby scored the 13th time in the first minute of the match, alongside Mark Messier for the biggest goal in NHL history.
“You always try to set the tone for how you want to play, and by the end of the game we weren’t happy with our third installment,” says Crosby. “We want to be off to a good start and be on the right track. It’s nice to have one soon. “
Kapanen played in the right-fourth row on Thursday so Penguins could manage his minutes and he could regain his time and condition on the fly. Kapanen scored four goals and 11 points in 13 games before the injury, as he sublimated earlier this season in the team’s second-line alongside Evgeni Malkin, who missed his 18th in a row due to a lower half injury. body.
“I only have one training session, but I feel very good,” said Kapanen. “I think (Sullivan) did a great job not playing me too much because it took time to catch up. I’m excited to be back there. “
Pavel Zacha and Jesper Bratt return to the representative squad for the Devil. Zacha and Bratt, who both led the way with 25 points, missed five and four games respectively, both with lower body injuries. Zacha started off on the left flank in the second, while Bratt opened in the third on the right, but the two changed positions with Nico Hischier in the second phase.
HISTORY OF CHASING CROSBY
Crosby, with 54 points in 46 games, is one point behind his 16th season with averaging at least one point per game.
Crosby, who can appear in up to 55 games, is looking to join Wayne Gretzky as the only players in NHL history to have a scoring season per game during their first 16 years at the tournament. .
Crosby is also just one goal away from becoming the first player in the team’s history to score 13 or more goals in 13 seasons. He will become the 36th player in NHL history to reach this milestone, while also surpassing owner Mario Lemieux of Malkin and Penguins.
Crosby has had eight goals and 25 points in 18 games without Malkin this season.
“I think he quietly had a really strong year for us on both sides,” said Sullivan. “His overall game is as good as it used to be.”
CHECK THE EQUIPMENT
Rust scored in 11 of his last 12 games – with eight goals and 16 points – against the Devil, including nine in a row. Guentzel has 8 points in a direct match against New Jersey, and has 10 goals and 23 points after 20 matches in his career with the Devil.
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