NEWARK, N.J. -- The year is ending.
The Penguins' frustration at the Prudential Center is not.
New Jersey defeated them there, 2-1, Tuesday to drop the Penguins to 2-10-2 in their past 14 visits.
Despite the defeat, the Penguins (29-12-1) remain firmly in control of the Metropolitan Division. They had won their previous eight games inside the division, dating to a 4-1 loss at New Jersey Nov. 16.
The Penguins scratched rookie defenseman Olli Maatta for the first time this season.
Devils center Adam Henrique got the only goal of the opening period, as he flipped a shot over goalie Marc-Andre Fleury's glove from the slot at 1:38.
The Devils struck again early in the second, when Michael Ryder beat Fleury from the slot at 2:45 for what proved to be the game winner.
Matt Niskanen revived the Penguins at 6:58 of the second, taking a feed from Sidney Crosby and beating Devils goalie Martin Brodeur with a slap shot from the top of the right circle for his fourth of the season, but the Penguins could not generate the goal that would have forced overtime.
The Penguins, who have completed a four-game road trip, are off until Friday, when the New York Rangers will visit Consol Energy Center.
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