Keith Kinkaid was unable to help the Devils come back from a three goal deficit when he took over between the pipes for Cory Schneider in Saturday’s 6-1 loss to the Rangers. And for the goalie making his debut against the Rangers, who grew up on Long Island as a Islanders fan, this loss hit him where it hurts (NJ.com, April 4).
“Yeah, I hate that team,” Kinkaid said of the Rangers. “Not the way I wanted to come in and start my career against them. It’s a tough one to swallow.”
Kinkaid replaced Schneider after the starting goalie let in three goals on six shots in 12:24.
“Yeah, I wasn’t expecting it,” Kinkaid said. “They were kind of flukey goals. It wasn’t Schneids’ fault by any means. The bounces just weren’t going our way. They could’ve had a few more that just missed the net. Even their dump-ins were bouncing off things.”
Even though this was a more personal loss for Kinkaid, GM/interim coach Lou Lamoriello isn’t taking it lightly either.
“We allowed some things to happen that haven’t been happening,” Lamoriello said. “Whatever opportunities we gave them they took advantage of it. Unfortunately that’s the way the whole night went.”
Cory Schneider said he would have pulled himself less than 13 minutes into the game on Saturday after the Rangers took a 3-0 lead on six shots (NJ.com, April 5).
“I gave up three goals on six shots. There’s not much of a decision there,” Schneider said. “It’s disappointing. My teammates came out and they played hard on a back-to-back (game) and I couldn’t make a save.”
No surprise Schneider was hard on himself, especially after the Devils failed to come back, ultimately losing in a 6-1 defeat.
“Especially in this building against this team, you have to make the big save,” Schneider said. “You have to come up with one there somewhere and stop the bleeding. I wasn’t able to do that and 13 minutes into the game we were pretty far out of it. It’s just unacceptable for me. I’m disappointed in myself. The score was a lot worse than the game was.”
Back up goalie Keith Kinkaid allowed three more goals, but Schneider still shouldered all of the blame.
“I expect to play well every night. You never think that’s going to happen. Unfortunately it does,” Schneider said. “It’s been a while since I had a first period like that. Maybe after the second or into the third it’s gotten away from me a few times, but it’s been a long while since I had a first period like that and it’s tough that it had to happen tonight.”
Recap: The Rangers beat the Devils for the fifth consecutive time and clinched their fourth 50-win season and second in four years.
Need to know: Devils goalie Cory Schneider was pulled after allowing three goals on six shots in the first 12:24 as Rick Nash, Keith Yandle and Dominic Moore scored for the Rangers.
Henrik Lundqvist (35 saves) earned his his third consecutive victory since returning from a neck injury. Tuomo Ruutu scored the Devils’ goal with 3:30 to go.
The Rangers beat the Devils by five for the first time since 1996 and the first time at the Garden since 1993. . .The Rangers had not won five in a row against the Devils since a seven-game win streak during the 2007-08 season.
Keith Kinkaid had 23 saves on 26 shots after replacing Schneider.
Rangers center Derrick Stepan scored shorthanded with 2.7 seconds left in the second. He had just two goals in 21 games before Saturday’s score. He had five goals and two assists in three previous games against the Devils. . .Moore added another goal in the third.
The Devils’ Scott Gomez played after being fined almost $1,500 for elbowing the Canadiens’ Alexei Emelin Friday. He drew a five-minute major and a game misconduct.
Links: AP recap | Box Score
What’s Next: The Devils host the Rangers Tuesday at 7 p.m. in their final home game of the season.
Recap: The Devils ended a six-game losing streak as visiting Montreal lost for the fifth time in six games.
Need to know: Jacob Josefson and Patrik Elias scored in the shootout for the Devils, who are 5-7 in shootouts this season.
The Devils’ Keith Kinkaid had 31 saves and stopped both attempts in the shootout. …Montreal outshot the Devils 13-3 in the third period and had a 33-18 edge in regulation and overtime.
The Devils’ Stefan Matteau opened the scoring 9:51 into the first period. Montreal took a 2-1 lead with goals from Tomas Plekanec and Jeff Petry in a 1:57 span of the first. Reid Boucher tied it 4:37 into the second.
The Devils killed six of seven penalties and only allowed one shot while Scott Gomez was serving a five-minute major in the second for elbowing Alexei Emelin.
Before Friday, the Canadiens were 7-2-0 in their last nine in New Jersey, their best road record against any Eastern Conference team since Jan. 22, 2010.
The Devils avoided their first seven-game slide since opening last season 0-4-3. The had just seven goals during their winless streak.
Links: AP recap | Box Score
What’s Next: The Devils visit the Rangers Saturday (7 p.m.). The Blueshirts visit the Prudential Center Tuesday in the Devils final home game of the season (7 p.m.)
The Devils can be a playoff team again, at least GM and interim coach Lou Lamoriello thinks so.
After the squad’s sixth straight loss to Columbus on Tuesday, it might seem far off, but Lamoriello is confident the Devils have the right foundation to build on for next season (Fire and Ice, April 1).
“You look at any other team in the league and you take one or two players off the front,” Lamoriello said. “What we have to dwell on is what we have positively and what we all feel very good about is certainly goaltending and our young defensemen. Certainly, I think that the improvement of them has been tremendous. They’re going to add to the offense, but we have to do everything we can to get a scorer if we can.”
Patrik Elias has stuck with the Devil through 17 seasons, and with that experience behind him he said the defensive foundation is the right place to start as they build up their offense for next season. To read more of this story, click here
Recap: The visiting Devils lost their season-high sixth in a row as Columbus extended its winning streak to seven in a matchup of teams eliminated from the playoffs.
Need to Know: Jack Johnson’s goal 56 seconds into overtime won it for Columbus.
Michael Cammalleri scored twice for the Devils to give him 27 for the season. His power-play goal with 56 seconds left in the first period opened the scoring. He added his second shorthanded with 2:29 left in regulation.
Columbus’ Nick Foligno tied it at 1 with a power-play goal 1:49 into the second.Brandon Dubinsky gave Columbus a 2-1 lead in the second period on penalty shot. It was only the second successful penalty in 10 attempts on Devils goalie Cory Schneider (29 saves).
New Jersey has scored two or fewer goals in each game during its losing skid — the longest such active streak in the league.
The Devils are 1-6 in overtime, 4-7 in shootouts this season. Last season, they were 0-13 in shootouts and 9-5 in OT.
Links: AP recap | Box Score
What’s Next: The Devils host Montreal Friday (7 p.m.) in their next-to-last home game of the season.
The Devils and Prudential Center announced Monday that Adam Davis has been named the company’s first chief revenue officer (CRO) and Gracie Mercado has been promoted to senior vice president, business operations (North Jersey, March 30).
According to the Devils, Davis will oversee all of the arena and team’s revenue streams, including ticket sales, ticket operations, premium, premium services, corporate partnerships and corporate partnership services. Mercado will be the driving force behind strategy and execution of business initiatives across the organization.
The Devils said their full season ticket sales were the highest in more than a decade, selling the 7th most full season ticket packages in the NHL.