They were determined not to head into the new year the way they stumbled into the Christmas break, by being clobbered in Chicago.

There was a high level of satisfaction for the Devils in knocking off the conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-1, Tuesday afternoon at the Prudential Center, even if Evgeni Malkin and a few other key players were missing from Pittsburgh’s high-powered lineup.

It would have been perfect had the Devils not lost veteran forward Patrik Elias when he was shoved by Tanner Glass, slamming awkwardly into the boards on his second shift of the game. He was unable to return.

There were no specific details from the team about the injury Elias suffered, but it appeared to be his right shoulder and possibly his ribs.