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NHL: New Jersey 2, Pittsburgh 1

Oct. 24, 2003 at 10:26 PM   |   Comments

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Brian Rafalski and Brian Gionta beat Marc-Andre Fleury for their first goals of the season Friday night in New Jersey's 2-1 win over Pittsburgh.

The Devils avoided a three-game losing streak.

New Jersey was playing for the first time against Fleury -- Pittsburgh's highly touted top overall draft pick. The Devils attacked the inexperienced 18-year-old, registering 34 shots, including 26 in the first two periods.

Rafalski opened the scoring at 14:17 of the first period and Gionta added the go-ahead goal in the third. Scott Gomez passed across the crease and the puck deflected off Gionta's left skate and past Fleury's glove side with 7:20 remaining.

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