In a game that was much closer than the final score, the Devils played their system and the Pens couldn't find a way to beat it.
The Flightless Birds had their chances, and managed to ring two off of the crossbar behind Brodeur, including one by Malone that looked identical to the goals from the night of his hat trick.
The bounces just didn't go the way of the Penguins tonight, however. They couldn't generate any kind of sustained attack (and no attack at all in the first period). They needed a counter punch to the chances the Devils weren't able to convert, but it never developed.
Malkin played what had to be the best -3 game ever, as he was clearly visible playing both ways and back checking in his own end.
This night will just be added to the long list of struggles for the Pens against the Devils since the end of the lockout.
Next up - vs Atlanta at the Igloo tomorrow night. No rest for the weary!