Bortuzzo joined 'exclusive' company - 02-06-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

There aren't too many times in life you can join a club with membership limited to the likes of Greg Andrusak or Billy Tibbetts, but that's what Robert Bortuzzo (above) accomlished Saturday.

During Saturday's 5-1 rout of the Devils at Consol Energy Center, Bortuzzo became the fifth Penguins player to score his first career goal (while with the Penguins) against future hall of game goaltender Martin Brodeur.

A look at this "exclusive" company:

Player: Ian Moran (right), defenseman
Score: Penguins 5, Devils 3
Date: Oct. 28, 1995
Venue: Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, N.J.
What Happened: Moran's goal opened the scoring at 8:19 of the contest. Right wingers Ed Patterson and left winger Dave Roche recorded assists. Moran's milestone was matched by Devils rookie right winger Petr Sykora who also scored his first career goal. Both were overshadowed by Penguins center Mario Lemieux who recorded his second hat trick in as many games.
Also in the news that day: Pitcher Tom Glavine threw a one-hitter over eight innings and led the Atlanta Braves to 1-0 championship-clnching win against the Cleveland Indians in Game 6 of the World Series at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

Player: Greg Andrusak, defenseman
Score: Penguins 4, Devils 1
Date: April 24, 1999
Venue: Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, N.J.
What Happened: Taking a pass from center Kip Miller in the slot, Andrusak scored what proved to be the game-winning goal of Game 2 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Assists went to Miller and right winger Alexei Kovalev Playing without right winger Jaromir Jagr who was sidelined due to a groin injury, the eighth-seeded Penguins tied the series against the top-seeded Devils, 1-1. The goal proved to be the only one of Andrusak's career.
Also in the news that day: Center Mats Sundin scored on a rebound against goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck and with 52.7 seconds remaining in regulation and gave the Toronto Maple Leafs a 2-1 win against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The series was tied, 1-1.

Player: Billy Tibbetts (right), right winger
Score: Devils 4, Penguins 4
Date: Feb. 16, 2001
Venue: Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, N.J.
What Happened: Taking a pass from Jagr down low on the right wing, Tibbetts flung a wrister which beating Brodeur through the five hole. Jagr and defenseman Hans Johnsson recorded assists. Jagr extended a career-best scoring streak to 16 games. 
Also in the news that day: United States and British aircraft bombed radar sites and and other anti-aircraft sites near Bagdhad. The assault was in response to Iraqi anti-aircraft fire against U.S. and British aircrafts making typical patrol of "no-fly" zones banned to the Iraqi military.

Player: Tomas Surovy, center
Score: Penguins 4, Devils 1
Date: Feb. 15, 2003
Venue: Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, N.J.
What Happened: Following a scramble to the right of the New Jersey cage, Surovy, who was recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton two days earlier, was able to lift a wrister over a prone Brodeur.  Center Randy Robitaille and defenseman Ian Moran collected assists. The goal, which proved to be the game-winner, was part of a four-goal outburst in the first period by the Penguins and led to the Devils pulling Brodeur. It was the Penguins' first win since trading Kovalev to the Rangers six days earlier.
Also in the news that day: Guard Jaron Brown scored 14 points for No. 7 Pitt which was upset by Seton Hall, 73-61, at Continental Airlines Arena earlier in the day.

Player: Evgeni Malkin (right), center
Score: Devils 2, Penguins 1
Date: Oct. 18, 2006
Venue: Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh
What Happened: Playing in his first career NHL game, Malkin, the No. 2 overall pick of the 2004 draft, produced his goal on a second period power play. After Brodeur stopped a shot by right winger Mark Recchi, Malkin was able to poke the rebound through his pads. Defenseman Ryan Whitney and Recchi recorded assists. Through a translator, Malkin, a Russian, said, "I was very worried about tonight's game. That first goal was very important. In the future, I think it's going to be kind of easier."
Also in the news that day: In Game 6 of the National League Championship series, shortstop Jose Reyes went 3 for 4 with a home run and helped the New York Mets defeat the St. Louis Cardinals, 4-2, at Shea Stadium in New York. The series was tied, 2-2.

Player: Robert Bortuzzo, defenseman
Score: Penguins 5, Devils 1
Date: Feb. 2, 2013
Venue: Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh
What Happened: In the third period, Penguins center Sidney Crosby stole a puck off Devils right winger Krys Barch in the left corner of New Jersey's zone. Crosby then slid a pass to Borutzzo at the right point. Bortuzzo chopped a slapper which glanced off a stick and beat Brodeur to give the Penguins a 5-1 lead. Crosby and right winger Pascal Dupuis were credited with assists.
Also in the news that day: Guard Tray Woodall scored 13 points for Pitt which upset No. 6 Syracuse, 65-55, at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh.

(Photos: Bortuzzo-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Moran-Steve Babineau/Allsport/Getty Images; Tibbetts-Matt Freed/Post-Gazette; Malkin-Harry How/Getty Images)

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