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Brodeur sparkles as New Jersey hands Pens fourth straight loss |

Brodeur sparkles as New Jersey hands Pens fourth straight loss

| Saturday, January 7, 2012 12:00 a.m

It was goalie Marc-Andre Fleury’s 400th NHL game Saturday at Consol Energy Center, but the man he grew up idolizing had the last laugh.

New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur stopped?41 of?42 shots to lead the Devils to a 3-1 victory over the reeling Penguins.

The Penguins have now lost four consecutive games under coach Dan Bylsma for only the fourth time and find themselves in danger of falling out of the Eastern Conference’s playoff picture. They played without center Jordan Staal, who sustained a potentially severe knee injury against the Rangers on Friday.

This game followed a similar script to the Penguins’ 3-1 loss to the Rangers on Friday.

Bylsma’s team came out of the gates with loads of energy and took the lead thanks to an Evgeni Malkin blast.

However, the Penguins were later victimized by a shorthanded goal. They also gave up a goal while on the power play against the Rangers 24 hours earlier.

They were also victimized by some stellar play from Brodeur, who beat them a week earlier in Newark.

Brodeur made a couple of highlight reel saves in the second period, namely a sensational left pad save on defenseman Brooks Orpik.

Despite Brodeur’s brilliance, the Penguins suffered from numerous self-inflicted wounds.

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