Devils 6, Penguins 1
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ Sergei Nemchinov and Sergei Brylin scored 12 seconds apart early in the second period, igniting a five-goal outburst that carried the New Jersey Devils to a 6-1 NHL exhibition victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday night.
Already leading 1-0 on John Madden’s shorthanded goal in the first period, New Jersey began its run when Nemchinov put in the rebound of Stanislav Gron’s shot at 1:33 of the second. Gron then skated down the right wing and slid a pass to Brylin, who fired it past Penguins goalie Tom Barrasso to make the score 3-0 at 1:45.
The Devils increased the lead to 4-0 when Steve Brule one-timed Madden’s feed for the second shorthanded goal of the game. New Jersey closed the outburst with goals by Jason Arnott and Eric Bertrand 55 seconds apart late in the period.
The Penguins averted a shutout at 3:50 of the third period when John Slaney redirected Matthew Barnaby’s pass past Devils goalie Chris Terreri.
Martin Brodeur started in goal for New Jersey and made eight saves. Terreri replaced Brodeur midway through the second period and stopped five shots.
Barrasso made 22 saves and was replaced by Peter Skudra at the start of the third period. Skudra stopped all eight shots he faced.
Brule, Scott Stevens and Ken Sutton had two assists each for the Devils.