Sidney Crosby had been cultivating the moustache for a while.

It had been visible to the naked eye for days and, because Crosby, a famously superstitious sort, planned to keep it until the Penguins' winning streak ended, it seemed possible he might end up looking like Yosemite Sam.

Or, at the very least, Lanny McDonald.

The Penguins had, after all, been consistently finding a way to win games.

Sometimes, their power play made it happen. Sometimes, it was great goaltending. Sometimes, a superb individual effort.

And so it was again for much of what became a 3-1 loss Saturday afternoon against New Jersey at the Prudential Center.

Brandon Sutter staked the Penguins to a 1-0 lead when he deflected a Simon Despres shot past Devils goalie Martin Brodeur just 83 seconds into the game -- the 10th time in 12 games the Penguins opened the scoring -- and then goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and the Penguins' penalty-killers set about trying to protect it.

And nearly pulled it off, even though the Penguins demanded far too much of both by giving the Devils 10 power plays.