The situation felt familiar to the Penguins, and it should have.

When a team resides in the Atlantic Division, as they do, chances are good it will be in a lot of one-goal games involving New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur. And chances are even better that most of those are not going to turn out well.

Brodeur is one of the finest goaltenders in NHL history, worthy of moving directly from the Devils' depth chart to the Hockey Hall of Fame if not for the mandatory three-year waiting period.

And he's headed there, in large part, because he performs so well under pressure. Give Brodeur an opportunity to win a game, and he usually will.

So the Penguins, who took a 2-1 lead into the third period against the Devils Saturday at Consol Energy Center, simply refused to allow Brodeur to be the difference-maker.

They patiently stuck to the game that had enabled them to have things their way most of the first 40 minutes and were rewarded with three unanswered goals that yielded a 5-1 victory.