The Pittsburgh Penguins (49-19-11) played at New Jersey Devils (28-37-14) on Thursday. Matt Murray would start in goal for the Penguins. Corey Schneider would start for the Devils. Cameron Gaunce, Carl Hagelin, Chris Kunitz, Evgeni Malkin, Tom Sestito, Dominik Simon, and Mark Streit would be the scratches for the Penguins. Joseph Blandisi, Luke Gazdic, Dalton Prout, Steven Santini, and Devante Smith-Pelly would be the scratches for the Devils.
Stefan Noesen would score at 4:59 of the 1st period to give the Devils a 1-0 lead. Beau Bennett and Jacob Josefson would get the assists. Ian Cole would get called for Slashing at 11:14. Bryan Rust would score his 15th of the year at 14:24 to tie the game at 1. Nick Bonino would have the lone assist. Ben Thomson would get called for boarding at 14:53. Jake Guentzel would score his 15th of the season at 17:07 to give the Penguins a 2-1 lead. Nick Bonino and Justin Schultz would get the assists. The Devils would have 12 shots in the first period to the Penguins 8 in the 1st.
John Moore would score 10 seconds into the 2nd to tie the game at 2. Kyle Palmieri and Adam Henrique would get the assists. Josh Archibald would score at 2:09 to make it 3-2 Penguins. Scott Wilson and Carter Rowney would get the assists. Conor Sheary would score at 3:05 to make it 4-2. Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel would get the assists. Ron Hainsey would get called for tripping at 4:14. Taylor Hall would score his 20th of the year on the powerplay at 5:34 to make ti 4-3. Andy Greene and Travis Zajac would get the assists.Taylor Hall would get called for slashing at 6:24. Patric Hornqvist would score on the powerplay at 7:45 to make ti 5-3. Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby would get the assists. Kyle Palmieri would score at 18:36 to make it 5-4. Travis Zajac would get the lone assist. The Devils would have 16 shots to the Penguins 12 in the 2nd.
Jake Guentzel would get called for slashing 52 seconds into the 3rd.Matt Cullen would score a shorthanded goal at 1:56 to make it 6-4. Tom Kuhnhackl and Ron Hainsey would get the assists. Adam Henrique would get called for roughing at 15:11. Nick Bonino would score on the powerplay at 16:53 to make it 7-4. Brian Dumoulin and Chad Ruhwedel would get the assists. The Devils would have 10 shots to the Penguins 8 in the 3rd.
The Penguins would go 2 for 3 on the powerplay and 2 for 3 on the penalty kill. Matt Murray would make 34 saves on 38 shots. Nick Bonino would have 1 goal and 2 assists. Jake Guentzel would have a goal and an assist. Matt Cullen, Bryan Rust, Conor Sheary, Josh Archibald, and Patric Hornqvist would each have a goal. Sidney Crosby would have 2 assists. Scott Wilson, Tom Kuhnhackl, Carter Rowney, Phil Kessel, Chad Ruhwedel, Justin Schultz, Brian Dumoulin, and Ron Hainsey would each have an assist. The Penguins clinched home ice in the first round with the win. The Penguins play the Toronto Maple Leafs (39-26-15) on Saturday. The Maple Leafs need a point to clinch a playoff spot.