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Against Penguins, Devils find their scoring touch

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Checking forward Jay Pandolfo capitalized on a bad night by Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to score the tie-breaking goal for the Devils, who snapped a four-game losing streak Friday night.

Jamie Langenbrunner, Patrik Elias, Travis Zajac and Brian Gionta also scored as the goal-starved Devils avoided their longest winless streak since a seven-game skid in 2001.

The Devils scored just five goals in losing the final four games of their just completed five-game road trip. They got four goals on nine shots against Fleury in just more than 30 minutes and then added one more against Jocelyn Thibault.

Although Martin Brodeur made 23 saves in handing the Penguins their fourth loss in five games, he gave up soft goals to Erik Christensen and Evgeni Malkin in the early minutes of the first and second periods, respectively.

Elias, who has struggled since signing a $42-million contract in the offseason, matched his season best with three points. He has five in the past two games.

The turning point came at 7:31 of the second period when Pandolfo scored his third goal of the season to snap a 2-2 tie.

Fleury, who seemingly flubbed Langenbrunner's point shot on the Devils' first goal, got square to Pandolfo as he one-timed a pass from Sergei Brylin from the right circle. The puck somehow sneaked past Fleury and slowly crossed the goal line.

Second man pleads guilty in gambling ring

In New Jersey, a man charged with helping run a gambling ring along with former hockey star Rick Tocchet pleaded guilty to bookmaking and agreed to cooperate with authorities.

James Ulmer, 41, is the second man to plead guilty in the case, which authorities have said involved bettors including NHL players and actor Janet Jones, wife of Wayne Gretzky.

Ulmer, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy and promoting gambling, faces as long as 10 years in prison, but prosecutors are recommending a sentence of six months to 364 days. And he must forfeit $45,000. Sentencing was scheduled for Jan. 27.

Around the league

CANUCKS: Center Josh Green will be out at least two weeks after breaking his toe during practice Wednesday. The team recalled center Rick Rypien and left wing Tyler Bouck from AHL Manitoba and sent rookie right wing Jesse Schultz to Manitoba.

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