The Penguins' five-game win streak slogged to an ugly end on Saturday as the New Jersey Devils scored twice on 10 power play chances to take hold of the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference with a 3-1 win.
Brandon Sutter scored an early power play goal in the loss at 1:23 of the first. For the final 58-plus minutes of the game, Martin Brodeur and the Devils limited the Penguins' shots and benefited from a near-constant man advantage, finally striking twice in the third period to put the game away.
Adam Henrique, Bobby Butler and Stefan Matteau scored in the win, with the rookie Matteau scoring his first NHL goal at 16:31 of the second.
The Penguins (8-4-0, 16 points) move to fourth in the conference with the loss, but can take back the lead from the Devils (7-1-3, 17 points) Sunday night at CONSOL Energy Center.
After winning five straight, the Penguins will look to prevent the Devils from earning their own five-game streak Sunday night in Pittsburgh.
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