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Timo Meier and Dawson Mercer score twice as Devils beat Penguins, 5-2

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Jake Allen made 36 saves, and Timo Meier and Dawson Mercer each scored twice to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.

Alexander Holtz also scored, and Jesper Bratt, Tomas Nosek, Jack Hughes and Luke Hughes each had two assists as New Jersey won for the third time in eight games under interim coach Travis Green.

Marcus Pettersson and Bryan Rust scored for Pittsburgh. Goaltender Tristan Jarry made 33 saves for the Penguins, who lost for the ninth time in 12 games and for the 11th time in 13 road games.

Pittsburgh is winless in seven games New Jersey (0-6-1) dating to Feb. 24, 2022.

Meier broke a 1-all tie with his 20th of the season on a power play at 14:20 of the second period. It was his ninth in 10 games and snapped an 0-for-12 New Jersey drought with the man advantage.

New Jersey scored three times in the third period, with Holtz and Mercer adding insurance by scoring 16 seconds apart. Holtz tapped a rebound past Jarry for his 15th of the season, then Mercer struck for his 19th by directing Nosek’s pass in at 9:14.

Allen made that stand to lock down his second win in three starts with the Devils. Allen has a .946 save percentage and stopped 105 of 111 shots since New Jersey acquired him from Montreal on March 8.

Mercer opened the scoring at 5:35 of the first with his 18th goal. Pettersson evened the score when he fielded forward Michael Bunting’s between-the-legs pass and smoked a one-timer past Allen at 7:16 of the second.

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