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(Tuesday, December 31st)
Final Score: New Jersey 2, Pittsburgh 1
Newark, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Prudential Center remains a house of horrors for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Adam Henrique and Michael Ryder both scored and picked up an assist on the other's goal as the New Jersey Devils closed out 2013 with a 2-1 win over the visiting Penguins on Tuesday afternoon.
Martin Brodeur made 19 saves for the Devils, who improved to 5-1-2 in their last eight games and 13-3-0 against the Penguins at Prudential Center since the start of the 2008-09 season.
"We know that we can play with any team, we just have to bring it to the rink every night," said Henrique.
Marc-Andre Fleury turned away 28 shots for Pittsburgh, which suffered just its third loss in its last 17 games.
The Devils were called for their only penalty with 4:48 to play in the third period. Pittsburgh, trailing by a goal, registered only one shot on its lone power play.
Henrique scored in his third straight game to give the Devils a 1-0 lead. New Jersey's forecheck created a turnover in the Pittsburgh zone, and Henrique used a toe drag to get around a defenseman before firing a shot from the slot behind Fleury 1:38 into the game.
Ryder doubled the advantage when he collected Henrique's pass and beat Fleury on the glove side at 2:45 of the second period.
A one-time blast by Matt Niskanen off a Sidney Crosby feed put Pittsburgh on the board a little over four minutes later.
"They got an early goal, we had a turnover that they put in our net and got the lead," noted Pens head coach Dan Bylsma. "For the most part that was how the game went all night long. We couldn't get more than a goal. You're not going to win many against this team when you do that."
New Jersey forward Patrik Elias left in the first period with an undisclosed injury and did not return. Elias was shoved by Tanner Glass and slid awkwardly into the boards with his right shoulder absorbing the impact ... The Devils were 0-for-4 on the power play ... These teams split the four-game season series, with the home club winning each time.
12/31 17:26:03 ET