ShareThis Page
Penguins

Brodeur sparkles as New Jersey hands Pens fourth straight loss

| Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012

It was goalie Marc-Andre Fleury's 400th NHL game Saturday at Consol Energy Center, but the man he grew up idolizing had the last laugh.

New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur stopped?41 of?42 shots to lead the Devils to a 3-1 victory over the reeling Penguins.

The Penguins have now lost four consecutive games under coach Dan Bylsma for only the fourth time and find themselves in danger of falling out of the Eastern Conference's playoff picture. They played without center Jordan Staal, who sustained a potentially severe knee injury against the Rangers on Friday.

This game followed a similar script to the Penguins' 3-1 loss to the Rangers on Friday.

Bylsma's team came out of the gates with loads of energy and took the lead thanks to an Evgeni Malkin blast.

However, the Penguins were later victimized by a shorthanded goal. They also gave up a goal while on the power play against the Rangers 24 hours earlier.

They were also victimized by some stellar play from Brodeur, who beat them a week earlier in Newark.

Brodeur made a couple of highlight reel saves in the second period, namely a sensational left pad save on defenseman Brooks Orpik.

Despite Brodeur's brilliance, the Penguins suffered from numerous self-inflicted wounds.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me