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Boyle's hat trick leads Devils in 5-1 thrashing of Penguins

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Brian Boyle scored three of his team's five goals, as New Jersey collected its first road win of the season in a 5-1 beating of the struggling Penguins at PPG Paints Arena Monday night.

Sometimes you're just not ready to come home.

 

For Pittsburgh (6-4-3), the pieces of consistency and success never made it in the baggage from the Pens' flawless trip to Canada, and the result was another brutal, listless performance at home, this time at the hands of New Jersey (6-5-1), who dominated all facets of the game in their convincing four-goal win.

 

The Devils finally cracked a road win after four straight losses away to start the season.

 

Brian Boyle collected his first career hat trick in the process, tallying up three consecutive goals for New Jersey, with his most impressive, an impeccably timed redirection off a Kyle Palmieri shot from the point, pushing the lead to a 3-1 difference at the 13-minute mark of the 2nd period.

 

Jamie Oleksiak provided the only offense for the Penguins, answering a Will Butcher game-opening goal with a point blank slap shot at the top of the faceoff circle to tie the game at one at the midway mark of the 1st period.

 

Pittsburgh, who has been outscored 19-6 on this current four-game losing streak, failed to find any offensive spark after the Oleksiak finish, including an 0-for-3 night on the man-advantage.

 

“Right now, I think we're chasing the game and we have to find a way to work together so we're not chasing it and it's coming to us,” said Mike Sullivan.

 

“For me, these times when you go through these ups and downs in the schedule, obviously it's a struggle for us, we've got to make sure that we don't feel sorry for ourselves,” coach continued. “The solutions that we need to find are right in that dressing room.”

 

After giving up four goals on 27 shots, Matt Murray was pulled in favor of Casey DeSmith to start the 3rd period. DeSmith gave up his lone goal to Travis Zajac just 19 seconds into the period.

 

“Matt's game is similar to our team game—there are times when he's strong and he's seeing the puck and he's making saves, and there are times when he struggles. I don't think Matt is any different than our team right now.”

 

Devils' netminder Keith Kincaid stopped 35 of 36 shots.

 

After the moneyline

 

The Penguins dropped tonight's game as -180 favorites. During this current four-game losing skid, the Pens were -220 (vs. NYI), -165 (@ NYI) and -140 (vs. TOR). Pittsburgh have been favorites in all but one game this season.

 

The total, set at 6-goals, pushed with the 5-1 final. The under has a slight 6-5 advantage on the season in the early season for the Pens, with two ties added in.

 

Up next

 

The Penguins will travel to the nation's capital for a Wednesday night date with Washington. Puck drops at 7 PM.

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