Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Game 18: 11/12/07: Penguins 2 - Devils 3

The Penguins losing streak was extended to 5 games with a 3-2 loss against the New Jersey Devils Monday night. The continuing revolving door that has been the Penguins net saw Dany Sabourin get the start. Devils backup Kevin Weekes got the call, with Brodeur getting the night off.

The Devils picked up the early lead, with goals by Travis Zajac and Zach Praise. Which reminds me, New Jersey must have the most "Z"s of any NHL roster.

Sidney Crosby extended his points streak to 17 games with a goal 26 seconds into the 2nd period. And Crosby picked up an assisted in the 3rd period when Evgeni Malkin beat Weekes with a slap shot from the point, tying the game at 2.

But the Devils regained the lead when a blind pass from behind the net turned into a Patrick Elias game winning goal.

The Penguins elevated their play after a disappointing 1st period, holding the Devils to only 21 shots, but unless they can find scoring contributions from someone not named Malkin or Crosby, they'll continue to struggle. They have been held to 2 goals or less 11 times, with a 2-9 record in those games.

On the goaltending-watch, Sabourin allowed 3 goals on 21 shots, including a weak first period five hole goal. It remains up in the air who will get the start Thursday night when the Islanders come to town. The Penguins (7-10-1) will attempt to snap the losing streak that has seen them drop 6 of the last 7 games.

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