NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Marty Brodeur beat the Pittsburgh Penguins yet again. He even got an assist, too.
"I think that's been the case for a number of years, even before I played for Pittsburgh," Penguins center Sidney Crosby said. "They play a good team defense and with Marty Brodeur and (Cory) Schneider there, they have two pretty good goalies. You have to make sure you put your chances away."
Brodeur came up big early and then held on to improve his record to 48-28-5 against Pittsburgh in his career. The Devils stand 13-3 vs. the Penguins at the Prudential Center since it opened in 2008.
Adam Henrique scored 1:38 into the game and Michael Ryder connected 2:45 into the second, sparking the Devils to a 2-1 victory on Tuesday. Brodeur was credited with his 44th career assist on Ryder's goal.
Brodeur had an assist in the game for the Devils (17-16-1) and made 19 saves in gaining his second win of the season against Pittsburgh. Marc-Andre Fleury had 28 saves for the Penguins (29-12-1).
"Especially in this building, we've been playing them well," said Brodeur, who improved his season record to 12-8-3. "We're trying to play well against good teams. We want to play well against everybody, but we have that little fear of the Penguins because we know how damaging they can be. So it brings out the best in us."
Henrique scored his ninth goal with a nifty finish of a pass from Ryan Clowe. Henrique made a quick move into the clear in front of the net and then lifted a shot over the left shoulder of Penguins goalie Fleury. Ryder was credited with an assist on the goal.
A few minutes later, the Devils lost veteran winger Patrik Elias after he was knocked to the ice by Pittsburgh's Tanner Glass. Elias was face down on the ice and didn't move until medical personnel reached him. He got up slowly to his knees and then managed to skate off. He did not return.
"It wasn't precautionary," Devils coach Pete DeBoer said about his decision to hold Elias out. "I don't think there was an option. I talked to him between periods and he explained the play and told me it was awkward. But I don't know anything yet."