Result: The Devils’ losing streak reached four Friday after they failed to win in a shootout for the 18th time in a row, a streak dating to March 15, 2013. They were 0-for-13 last season.
Need to know: The Devils’ Michael Cammalleri and Jaromir Jagr missed in the shootout, while Jason Spezza and Jamie Benn coverted for Dallas.
Damien Brunner, who tied the score at 2 with 11:42 remaining in the third, was the first star. Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (25 saves) was the second star. Cory Schneider had 35 saves for the Devils, who were outshot 37-27.
Brunner’s goal stood after a review that appeared to show a hand pass by Patrick Elias, who got an assist. But hand passes are not reviewable; the call has to be made by an on-ice official (Record, Oct. 24).
The Devils honored longtime color commentator Chico Resch, who retired after 17 years in the role last April. Doc Emerick, Resch’s partner for the first 14 years, MC’d the pregame ceremonies and the two teamed up in the broadcast booth for a few minutes. Martin Brodeur was cheered and Zach Parise booed when they appeared on the video board to congratulate Resch.
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Next up: The Devils visit Ottawa Saturday night at 7 p.m. It will be an emotional night at the Canadian Tire Centre as the team will honor Nathan Cirillo, the solider killed in Wednesday’s shootings in the Canadian capital. The Senators have asked fans to wear red.
At home, the Devils are 0-2 in their first two games. On the road, they’re 3-1 in the short season so far.
The team is in danger of losing three straight games at home when they play Dallas on Saturday. New Jersey last dropped its first three home games in 2010-11 during a franchise-worst 0-5-2 start, according to the Associated Press. After Dallas, the Devils will then play on the road for two games, before coming home against Winnipeg on October 30.
The Devils are 7-0-1 in their last eight home games against Dallas, winning the past two, and have taken three consecutive overall matchups. The Stars last regulation win in New Jersey was a 3-2 triumph back on March 15, 2000.
Despite allowing 14 goals in their last three games, Devils head coach Pete DeBoer is confident that the team’s system will produce results.
Result: The Rangers defeated the Devils in overtime 4-3 at the Prudential Center in Newark.
Need to know: Rangers’ Kevin Klein’s goal 2:42 into overtime rallied the Rangers all the way from a 3-1 deficit to a 4-3 win. The Devils blew a 3-1 lead in the third period.
The Rangers went up 1-0 on a Chris Kreider power-play goal, but the Devils scored three straight on goals from Jaromir Jagr in the first, Adam Henrique on a power play in the second period and then Jon Merrill on a power play early in the third
The Rangers rallied on a Chris Mueller power play goal and then a Rick Nash equalizer with five minutes left. Kreider and Mueller set up Klein in the overtime for the game-winner.
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Next up: The Devils will host Dallas on Friday night at the Prudential Center.
Recap: The Sharks knocked off the Devils 4-2 on Saturday night.
Need to know: Logan Coture scored a goal and added two assists as the Sharks defeated the Devils 4-2 on Saturday. San Jose took a 2-0 lead through two periods. Mike Cammalleri and Adam Henrique scored for the Devils.
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Next up: The Devils play the Rangers on Tuesday.
Overall Grade: C+
Cory Schneider has already logged 223 minutes in net and holds a 2.96 goals against average over four games. Schneider has a .909 save percentage so far, stopping 110 of the 121 shots on goal.
Schneider was embarrassed on Thursday night, after a bounce off the back boards ricocheted off the back of his leg and into the goal to extend Washington’s lead to 5-2. Schneider was lifted in Thursday’s game after the silly goal.
“We felt good about our chances going into the third period (down 3-2) and then they got a good break on the fourth one, and then obviously the fifth one,” Schneider said after Thursday’s game. “It’s all on me and it just really took the wind out of our sails.”
The Devils are 3-1-0 over their first four games, mostly due to the fact that they’ve outscored their opponents 15-12. Eleven goals were scored against Schnieder, with one goal coming against Scott Clemmensen, when he came in late in Thursday’s game.