Penguins Even Series

Archived from 2000-01 season.

2001 Playoffs

New Jersey vs. Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Penguins scored four unanswered goals to erase a two-goal deficit and beat the New Jersey Devils 4-2 to even the Eastern Conference finals one game apiece.

Mario Lemieux sparked the Penguins rally by setting up goals by Aleksey Morozov and Alexei Kovalev in a 2:57 span in the second period.

"It didn't look too good after the first 20 minutes," said Lemieux. "We came back and were upset about it. We made some adjustments and started to skate a lot better."

Penguins goalie Johan Hedberg let in two goals in the first period, but recovered and stopped all shots in the last two periods.

"When we got the first goal everybody started to believe," Hedberg said. "We had a good couple of minutes, and we were back in the game. Mario was once again there to make the big plays for us."

"I think for some reason or another, they wanted to do it their way again," Devils coach Larry Robinson said of his team. "Every time they play their way, we gave up goals."

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