Final Score: Penguins 5 Devils 1
The Pittsburgh Penguins played a dominating game as they recorded their first home win of the season, beating the New Jersey Devils 5-1 in a Saturday matinee at CONSOL Energy Center.
The game was scoreless after one period, but the Penguins started to take over in the second on goals from Brandon Sutter and Chris Kunitz. Andy Greene replied with a shorthanded marker for the Devils.
In the third, Sidney Crosby showed signs that he's returning to the dominant force he was before being sidelined with concussion problems two years ago. Crosby finished the game with one goal, two assists and four minutes in penalties, staying involved all over the ice.
Pittsburgh's other goals came from Kris Letang and Robert Bortuzzo. Sutter's goal was his first as a Penguin, and Bortuzzo's was his first in the NHL.
For the Devils, the effort was disappointing as they logged their first regulation loss of the year following three straight defeats in overtime or shootout.
The win leapfrogs the Penguins over the Devils and Islanders into first place in the Atlantic Division, with a record of 5-3-0 for 10 points. New Jersey drops to 3-1-3 for nine points.
These two teams will meet again for back-to-back contests next weekend—Saturday in New Jersey, then on Sunday back in Pittsburgh.