EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Brian Gionta
had two goals and an assist Wednesday night to help New Jersey beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-1.
Sergei Brylin added two goals, rookie Zach Parise added his first goal as a professional and Martin Brodeur stopped 36-of-37 shots for New Jersey, which is now 17-7 with seven ties in season openers.
High-scoring phenom Sidney Crosby scored his first goal for Pittsburgh. Veteran goaltender Jocelyn Thibault gave up five goals on 37 shots as Pittsburgh fell to 15-17 with six ties in season openers all-time.
New Jersey has won eight of its last nine meetings against the Penguins.