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Penguins rebound in big way — at the Devils’ expense

PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby scored his NHL-leading 24th goal and the Penguins bounced back from their worst performance of the season with a 4-1 win over the Devils on Friday night.

Chad Ruhwedel got the first goal of his career for Pittsburgh. Eric Fehr and Patric Hornqvist also scored for the Penguins, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 22 saves to win for the first time in three starts.

The Penguins improved to 8-0-1 in their last nine home games while offering an immediate response after getting crushed 7-1 in Columbus on Thursday.

Kyle Palmieri scored for the Devils, who lost for the eighth time in nine games. Cory Schneider stopped 35 shots.

“I don’t mind the shots,” Schneider said. “In fact, for me, I like more shots. Sometimes, even if they outshoot you, you have to find a way to win 3-2, 2-1. That’s where we’re not at. We haven’t been able to win a game that maybe we’re not supposed to. So, I think it’s about time that we do that.”

Crosby got the Penguins started, taking a feed from Justin Schultz and ripping a one-timer from the top of the right circle over Schneider’s glove for a power-play goal 11 minutes into the first.

New Jersey, which snapped a seven-game slide with a shutout victory over Philadelphia on Thursday, managed just two shots in the opening period. The Devils fell behind 2-0 when defenseman Jon Merrill’s attempted clear in front of Schneider bounced in off Fehr at 4:13 into the second period.


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