For the sixth time in their last eight games the Pittsburgh Penguins scored one or fewer goals falling 2-0 to the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.
The Pens have been shutout twice in the eight-game span and have a record of 3-4-1.
Jacob Josefson and Adam Henrique had the Devils goals.
Cory Schneider made 35 saves for his fifth shutout of the season and third in 10 games.
With the loss the Pens failed to pick up ground on the New York Islanders for second spot in the Metropolitan Division. Pittsburgh entered Tuesday’s action just two points shy of the Isles.
A Penguins win would’ve also created some breathing room between Pittsburgh and Washington. The Caps trail the Pens by just two points in the division.
Thomas Greiss stopped 17 shots in the loss.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have dropped four straight games and Mike Johnston has seen enough.
Following the Penguins 3-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils Monday, the Penguins rookie head coach called out his team.
“We need a response,” Johnston said per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “We need to squeeze more out of each individual. We probably got a good response from half of our group. We didn’t get a good response from the rest of them. We need to squeeze more out of guys. There’s more to give. We needed more guys pulling on the rope. We didn’t have enough.”
Pittsburgh opened the scoring on captain Sidney Crosby’s 11th of the season; however, it was all New Jersey after that.
Travis Zajac and Jaromir Jagr gave the Devils a 2-1 lead after two periods. Adam Henrique’s 10th of the season at 5:32 of the third stood to be the insurance marker.
Due to injury and illness the Penguins had eight players in their lineup Monday, who started the season in the American Hockey League. Despite dressing a young roster, Johnston expects more.
“When a guy comes up, the first two games, they’re on Cloud 9, playing with energy and adrenaline,” said Johnston. “But now, they’ve got to play heavy minutes against top guys. Some guys are responding well, and some guys aren’t.”
The Penguins will look to snap the skid Wednesday night when the Carolina Hurricanes visit Pittsburgh. The two teams have split the first two meetings this season with Carolina winning 4-2 in Pittsburgh on Nov. 28 and the Penguins edging the Canes 3-2 on Nov. 29 in Carolina.
Another day, another record set by Jaromir Jagr.
The ageless wonder, playing in his 1,500th career contest, continued his ascent up the NHL’s all-time scoring leaderboard on Monday night, registering a goal and an assist in the middle frame against Carolina to move past Marcel Dionne for fifth all-time in points, with 1,772.
Jagr started his historic night off late in the second period, scoring his fifth goal of the year off a Scott Gomez assist. Less than five minutes later, No. 68 assisted on Adam Henrique’s power-play marker with 16 seconds left in the period to pass Dionne, the Hockey Hall of Famer who racked up 1,771 career points in 1,348 games.
Next up for Jagr on the points list? Another Hall of Famer: Ron Francis, Jagr’s former Penguins teammate, who retired in 2004 with 1,798 points on his resume.