Pens Skate Past Devils, Clinch Playoff Berth

Fleury stars with 31 saves as Crosby misses another game
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2008 11:27 PM CDT
New Jersey Devils' Zach Parise attempts to avoid a check by Pittsburgh Penguins' Brooks Orpik (44) during the first period of NHL hockey game Tuesday night, March 25, 2008, in Newark, N.J.    (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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(Newser) – Pittsburgh got a shutout from Marc-Andre Fleury and clinched a playoff berth with a 2-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils. The Penguins now have a four-point lead over the Devils for the Atlantic Division title with five and six games left to play, respectively. Pittsburgh is also one point behind Montreal for first place in the conference, reports the Associated Press.

With only those handful of games remaining in the season, New Jersey picked the wrong time to match their season-high winless streak at four; the Devils are 0-3-1 during the stretch. Tied with Ottawa for fourth place in the East, they still own a tie-breaker over the Senators that would earn them the home-ice advantage in a first-round playoff series. Ryan Malone and Marian Hossa scored for the Penguins.