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December 19, 2002
Game 30: Devils Beat Penguins 3-1 - Nieuwy Scores!

    The New Jersey Devils defeated the Penguins, 3-1 in Pittsburgh on Thursday, December 19, 2002.

    Milan Kraft gave the Penguins an early 1-0 lead, 3:08 into the first period.

    Joe Nieuwendyk tied the game with a nice wrist shot that beat Jean-Sebastian Aubin at 12:55 of the first period.   Nieuwendyk's 3rd goal of the season was unassisted and snapped his 20 game streak without a goal.

    The first period ended with the game tied, 1-1.   The Devils outshot the Penguins, 9-5 in the period.

    Oleg Tverdovsky took a clean faceoff win from Joe Nieuwendyk and blasted the puck from the point past Aubin at 4:04 to give the Devils a 2-1 lead.   Tverdovsky's 3rd goal of the season was assisted only by Nieuwendyk.

    Brian Gionta banked the puck off of Jamie Pushor past Aubin at 10:47 of the second to give the Devils a 3-1 lead.   Jeff Friesen and John Madden assisted on Gionta's 7th goal of the season.

    The second period ended with the Devils leading the Penguins, 3-0.   The Devils outshot the Pens 13-4 in the period.

    There was no scoring in the third period, the game ended with the Devils winning, 3-1.   The Devils outshot the Penguins 12-7 in the third period and 34-16 in the game.

    Ken Daneyko and Jim McKenzie were healthy scratches for the Devils.

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