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Boyle sends Penguins past Devils in 4-2 win

NEWARK, N.J. — Brian Boyle scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period, Tristan Jarry made 28 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins kept rolling with a 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.

Mike Matheson, Bryan Rust and Jake Guentzel also scored for the Penguins, who won their third straight overall and sixth straight on the road. Pittsburgh improved to 7-1-3 in its last 11 games.

Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier scored for the Devils, who had scored seven goals in each of their last two games — both road wins — but nonetheless fell to 3-8-0 in their last 11.

Boyle whipped the puck past Devils goalie Jon Gillies at 6:58 of the third. The 37-year-old forward who played for New Jersey from 2017-19 pumped his fist after scoring his sixth goal of the season.

Boyle signed a tryout contract with Pittsburgh and made the team after not playing in the NHL last season. He became a fan favorite with the Devils as he returned from treatment for leukemia early in the 2017-18 season, then contributed to New Jersey’s only playoff berth since 2012.

“There were some tough times in between but these fans, this organization, the way they supported my family and I … it’s always really great coming back and seeing those people that did so much to lend a helping hand,” Boyle said. “My wife, we were talking last night — ‘How’s it feel to be back? Are you happy? Excited?’ — And of course I am. It’s a great, special place, it really is.”

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