Penguins hold off Devils for seventh straight win


NEWARK, N.J. — The Pittsburgh Penguins won their seventh straight game with a 3-2 win against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Sunday.

Teddy Blueger, Danton Heinen and Mike Matheson scored, and Tristan Jarry made 17 saves for the Penguins (17-8-5), who have allowed 10 goals during the streak.

Janne Kuokkanen and Nathan Bastian scored for the Devils (10-15-5), who have lost six straight games and have three wins in their past 18 games (3-12-3). Jon Gillies made 19 saves in his first game since he was acquired in a trade with the St. Louis Blues on Dec. 15.

Blueger gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead at 9:19 of the first period with a shorthanded breakaway goal after intercepting a pass in his own zone.

Heinen made it 2-0 at 1:03 of the second period with a shot from the right circle on a pass from Marcus Pettersson.

Kuokkanen got the Devils within 2-1 at 2:20 when he redirected a Ty Smith shot from the point. It was his first goal in 16 games.

Matheson made it 3-1 at 9:31 of the third with a shot from outside the left circle as teammate Sam Lafferty screened Gillies.

Bastian scored a power-play goal to make it 3-2 at 11:12, deflecting a shot by Dougie Hamilton. Pittsburgh had killed off 39 straight shorthanded opportunities prior to the goal.

Jarry made a save on Andreas Johnsson in the final seconds of the third period to preserve the lead.

Gillies was the sixth different goalie to start for the Devils this season (Mackenzie Blackwood, Jonathan Bernier, Nico Daws, Akira Schmid, Scott Wedgewood), which is a team record.

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