Crosbys three points spark Penguins to win against Devils


NEWARK, N.J. — Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 6-4 win against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Friday.

Bryan Rust had two goals and an assist, Jared McCann had a goal and an assist, and Casey DeSmith made 27 saves for the Penguins (26-13-2), who won 5-2 at the New York Rangers on Thursday. They have won seven of nine games and are 8-2-1 in their past 11.

Miles Wood scored two goals, Jack Hughes scored in his 100th NHL game, and Mackenzie Blackwood made 21 saves for the Devils (14-19-6), who are 1-3-2 in their past six.

The teams will finish the two-game set here Sunday.

Wood scored at the right post to give the Devils a 1-0 lead at 3:01 of the first period.

McCann scored a power-play goal to tie it 1-1 at 10:00.

Brian Dumoulin gave the Penguins a 2-1 lead when his shot from the left point deflected off the arm of Devils forward Janne Kuokkanen at 19:13.

Hughes scored on a rebound for a 2-2 tie at 5:39 of the second period.

DeSmith made a diving blocker save against Jesper Boqvist at the bottom of the right face-off circle at 9:00.

Colton Sceviour scored on a waist-high backhand from the slot to give Pittsburgh a 3-2 lead at 17:36.

Rust made it 4-2 with a power-play goal at 4:06 of the third period. Crosby scored on a wrist shot from the slot for a 5-2 lead at 10:02.

Boqvist scored when his shot deflected off Penguins defenseman Kris Letang in the slot to pull New Jersey within 5-3 at 11:34.

Wood was credited with his second goal when Dumoulin banked the puck into the net off the right leg of DeSmith to make it 5-4 at 18:24.

Rust scored into an empty net with 25 seconds left for the 6-4 final.

Pittsburgh was 2-for-4 on the power play. New Jersey was 0-for-1.

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