PITTSBURGH — Jeff Carter scored his first goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 7-6 win against the New Jersey Devils at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday.
Carter, who was acquired in a trade from the Los Angeles Kings on April 12, extended the Penguins lead to 4-0 with a slap shot at 17:56 of the first period. He has a goal and an assist in four games with Pittsburgh.
Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist, and Tristan Jarry made 24 saves for the Penguins (29-14-3), who have won five of seven.
Scott Wedgewood allowed four goals on 13 shots before being pulled after the first period for the Devils (14-25-6), who were eliminated from Stanley Cup Playoff contention with a seventh straight loss despite scoring six third-period goals. Aaron Dell made 16 saves in relief.
Devils goalie Mackenzie Blackwood was unavailable because of an upper-body injury.
Mike Matheson put the Penguins ahead 1-0 on a one-timer at 3:49 of the first period.
Bryan Rust made it 2-0 at 8:04. Crosby sent in a pass off the left boards for Rust to take it in stride before he wrapped a shot around Wedgewood’s left skate.
Brian Dumoulin extended the lead to 3-0 at 8:49 of the first. He dumped the puck from center ice on a backhand and it bounced over Wedgewood’s glove.
After Carter scored, Teddy Blueger made it 5-0 on a wrist shot off a backhand pass from Rodrigues at 1:12 of the second period. It was the first shot Dell faced.
Rodrigues scored a power-play goal to push the lead to 6-0 at 15:18.
New Jersey scored on six of 11 shots in the third period.
Nico Hischier scored on a 5-on-3, cutting it to 6-1 41 seconds into the period, before Yegor Sharangovich made it 6-2 with a shorthanded goal at 5:14. Nathan Bastian made it 6-3 on a tip-in at 8:48.
Crosby scored from a sharp angle to make it 7-3 at 11:15.
Jack Hughes made it 7-4 on a snap shot at 12:52, and Nolan Foote cut it to 7-5 on a one-timer at 13:56 for his first NHL goal.
Andreas Johnsson banked one in off Jarry for the 7-6 final with 41 seconds remaining.