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NHL: New Jersey 5, Pittsburgh 1

Oct. 5, 2005 at 10:47 PM

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.

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