EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J (AP) -- The New Jersey Devils are finding
new ways to keep their unbeaten streak alive.
The Penguins (4-10-3-1) entered tied with Washington with an
NHL-low 11 points in the standings.
"We're on a great run," said Patrik Elias, who scored both
Devils goals. "What matters now is to keep playing consistent."
Elias scored the second goal 39 seconds into overtime as he took
a pass in his own end from Brian Rafalski and skated to the
Penguins zone. He used Pittsburgh defenseman Drake Berehowsky as a
screen to beat goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who kept the Penguins in
the game throughout.
"Rafalski gave me a good feed," Elias said. "I was glad it
went in. It wasn't a great shot."
The Penguins forced overtime when Dick Tarnstrom scored a
power-play goal with 26.8 seconds left in regulation. Aleksey
Morozov fired a sharp-angle shot that Martin Brodeur kicked out,
but Tarnstrom pounced on the rebound in the left circle and beat
Brodeur, who had dropped his stick.
The fact the struggling Penguins got a point was little
consolation to coach Eddie Olczyk.
"You lose, you lose," Olczyk said. "That's the way I look at
it. I thought we played with as much moxie as we've done all year.
It's tough to come in here, but we fought right to the end."
Pittsburgh again played without Mario Lemieux, who missed his
eighth straight game with a hip injury. The Penguins are 1-7
Elias gave the Devils a 1-0 lead 3:45 into the game when he took
a pass from Christian Berglund and fired the puck into the
wide-open left side of the net.
New Jersey held a 14-5 shot advantage in the first period, not
counting Jeff Friesen's shot that hit the post.
The Devils failed to expand their lead in the second period
despite several scoring chances. David Hale fired a shot that hit
Fleury in the right arm and glanced off the post, and John Madden
slipped through the Penguins defense to break in alone on Fleury.
The Devils placed G Corey Schwab on the injured list
because of a groin injury and activated RW Grant Marshall from
injured reserve. Scott Clemmensen served as Brodeur's backup for a
second straight game. ... The Devils are on their fifth unbeaten
streak of 11 games in team history. The franchise record is 13,
accomplished four times. ... Devils D Scott Stevens moved past John
MacLean into second place on the team's career list. Stevens has
played 935 games with New Jersey and trails only Ken Daneyko
(1,283). ... Rico Fata, the Penguins' leading goal scorer with
seven, returned to the lineup after missing three games due to a