Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/15/14
The Pittsburgh Penguins are in contention for the Eastern Conference's top seed with seven games remaining. Another solid defensive effort against the New Jersey Devils could improve their chances. Coming off their first regulation loss in over a month, Pittsburgh looks to bounce back by earning its 10th consecutive home victory Sunday night when it faces New Jersey. The Penguins fell 8-4 to Ottawa on Saturday, dropping them to 13-1-1 over their last 15 games. They hadn't lost in regulation since a 6-2 defeat in Buffalo on Feb. 19. Pittsburgh (46-22-6) fell three points behind the East-leading New York Rangers - who beat Toronto 4-3 in a shootout - but it can close the gap by avoiding its first home loss since a 2-1 defeat to Anaheim on Feb. 15. The Penguins have won 15 of 16 at Consol Energy Center since Jan. 17. Sidney Crosby scored his first goal in six games since returning to the lineup from post concussion-related symptoms and also added an assist. ''You never want to l...
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