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Devils coach blames himself for slow start in loss to Penguins

Dec 13, 2013, 9:58 PM EDT

New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider, left, looks at the scoreboard as he stands in front of New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur during a timeout in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) AP

The Pittsburgh Penguins made things difficult for New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider with three goals in the first 14:40 minutes of Friday’s contest. It looked like the start of a blowout, but in the end the Penguins have to be happy just to walk away with a 3-2 victory.

“We weren’t ready to play,” Devils coach Peter DeBoer said. “That’s on me. We have to be ready to go at the start of the game. First period killed us.”

The Devils came back hard in the second frame, outshooting Pittsburgh 19-5. Patrik Elias and Dainius Zubrus netted back-to-back goals within 56 seconds, but goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury kept Pittsburgh in the game. In the end, Fleury needed to stop 37 of 39 shots to earn his 18th win of the season.

Crosby picked up an assist to bring his latest point streak to five games. He leads the league with 44 points in 33 contests.

New Jersey has now lost two straight games and remain three points shy of a playoff spot. The Penguins led the Metropolitan Division with a 22-10-1 record.

  1. sjsharks66 - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    The Devils played like mad men the final 2 periods! Was surprised the Pens could hold the league. Great game with big hits from both teams.

    • sjsharks66 - Dec 14, 2013 at 1:22 AM

      *lead damn phone.

  2. 950003cups - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Exciting game, yes. Means nothing. Now it’s time to ring the register.

  3. csilojohnson - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Means 2 points. 2 the Devils needed a lot more then the Pens. Good game. Wish tomorrows game wasnt on NHLNetwork.

  4. bencia823 - Dec 14, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    another game winning goal for Megna. Just like Tyler Kennedy, it seems like every time he scores, it’s when it’s needed most. Megna has built a reputation of scoring big goals everywhere he’s played, from the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL) to the Penguins now

    • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 14, 2013 at 1:11 AM

      It never fails to surprise me when I read the box score from Penguins games, and see second hand scoring from call-ups, and depth players that I’ve never heard of. Year after year, role players, depth players, and first time call ups just seem to perform for that team. If they didn’t have enough talent as is.

      • c9castine - Dec 14, 2013 at 1:34 AM

        we have definitely had a few duds (eric tangradi for one) but we are getting great depth scoring right now. jayson megna and beau bennett (currently out with broken something or other) are two legit top 6 nhl players though and are gonna be real important down the road when its their time. but yeah say what you want about the team but their is pretty ridiculous talent all the way into wilkes-barre’s roster.

    • c9castine - Dec 14, 2013 at 1:30 AM

      hey who were they talking about that broke stamkos’s goal record somewhere, and where was it?

      • 950003cups - Dec 14, 2013 at 9:20 AM

        That would be Reid Boucher. He played for Sarnia Sting, the same junior team as Stamkos. Reid broke his goal record last year.

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