Devils 3, Penguins 3, OT
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ The Pittsburgh Penguins’ season-opening seven-game winning streak ended Sunday night as they gave up a late goal to New Jersey defenseman Bruce Driver and settled for a 3-3 overtime tie with the Devils.
The winning streak matched the fourth longest at the start of an NHL season.
The Toronto Maple Leafs won 10 straight last season to set the NHL record. Five teams have opened with seven straight victories, including the Devils last year.
The Penguins got three assists by Ron Francis and a goal and two assists by Jaromir Jagr to come within 6:32 of an eighth straight win.
Defenseman Larry Murphy’s power-play goal from in close with 1:32 left in the second period gave the Penguins a 3-2 lead, but Driver knotted the contest with his second goal of the game.
New Jersey, which had 46 shots against Ken Wregget, came close to winning in the overtime on a two-man advantage. However, Wregget stopped a good shot from the point by Driver and then stopped rookie Brain Rolston in close to save the unbeaten streak.
The Devils’ game-tying goal came after Grant Jennings gave up the puck in the Pittsburgh end. Bobby Carpenter eventually sent a blind pass from behind net that bounced off Claude Lemieux’s stick and continued back to Driver, who beat Wregget with a 40-footer from straight on.
Limited to four shots in the first period, the Penguins got 13 shots and three goals in a second period dominated by Francis and Jagr.
Francis had the primary assist on all three goals, while Jagr scored one short-handed and assisted on power-play goals by Tomas Sandstrom and Murphy.
Murphy’s go-ahead goal late in the second came on a nice centering pass by Francis after he took a pass deep in the right corner from Jagr, who had six shots in the period.
Trailing 1-0 on a first-period goal by Driver, Sandstrom tied the game 73 seconds into the second period. Luc Robitaille carried the puck into the New Jersey zone and gave it to Jagr in the left circle. He swept the puck across ice to Francis in the right circle and he returned it cross ice again to Sandstrom alone at the left post.
Jagr got his seventh goal of the season at 5:46 on a breakaway that Francis set up with another cross-ice pass.
John MacLean tied the game for New Jersey at 13:16 with a good effort. He kept the puck in the zone at the right point, spun toward the middle and sent a 40-foot slapshot past a screened Wregget.