Kapanen helps spark Penguins past Devils in return


PITTSBURGH — Kasperi Kapanen had a goal and an assist in his return from a lower-body injury, and the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the New Jersey Devils 5-1 at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday.

Kapanen missed the previous 13 games.

Sidney Crosby, Bryan Rust and Teddy Blueger also had a goal and an assist each, and Tristan Jarry made 30 saves for the Penguins (30-14-3), who have won six of eight. Jarry responded from giving up six goals on 11 shots in the third period of a 7-6 win against the Devils on Tuesday.

Aaron Dell allowed four goals on 15 shots before being pulled in the second period for New Jersey (14-26-6), which has lost eight straight, all in regulation. Scott Wedgewood made seven saves in relief.

Dell came in for the second period Tuesday after Wedgewood allowed four goals on 13 shots.

The teams will conclude the three-game set here Saturday.

Crosby gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead 41 seconds into the first period, scoring on a wrist shot from the left face-off circle.

Matt Tennyson tied it 1-1 with a slap shot at 12:34 of the first. It was his first NHL goal since Dec. 5, 2015, when he scored for the San Jose Sharks against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Cody Ceci put Pittsburgh back up 2-1 with a snap shot from the point at 17:46 of the first.

The Penguins scored on three straight shots in the second period, starting with Rust and Kapanen scoring 25 seconds apart. Rust was set up by Jake Guentzel on a 2-on-1, making it 3-1 at 12:03; Kapanen skated around Jonas Siegenthaler for a wrist shot to push the lead to 4-1 at 12:28.

Blueger scored a shorthanded goal on a snap shot to make it 5-1 at 15:59. It was the first shot Wedgewood faced. 

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