The Devils squeaked by with a 2-1 shootout win over Buffalo, but despite 35 shots on goal, the squad still struggled to pick up a win in regulation (Fire and Ice, Feb. 19).
The team posted 30-plus shots for the first time in 10 games, but it came down to Scott Gomez, who netted the deciding goal in the shootout.
“We had 20 (scoring) chances,” said Devils GM and interim coach Lou Lamoriello. “The first thing you look at is chances to score and chances against. We had plenty of opportunities and that’s all you can ask for. The win, I was pleased with the way we did a lot of things tonight: the penalty kill and the power play had a lot of good looks and 5-on-5 we were creating chances. We just have to put them in the net.”
Adam Henrique, who missed the net on a penalty shot in the third, echoed those sentiments.
“I think we had a lot of looks tonight,” said Henrique. “I think the goalie played well. I had a bunch of chances, a bunch of shots on net from good scoring areas. I think our D did a good job getting pucks through. We’ve just got to keep pushing. There’s some games we get 15 shots and we get three goals. I think we’ve got to stay with that mentality to shoot pucks, get pucks to the net.”
Ultimately, the Devils are happy to kick off their six-game homestand with a win, even if it’s in a shootout.
“If that’s the way we’re going to win, that’s the way we’re going to win. It’s two points in the column,” said Gomez. “We want to make it interesting and to start the homestand like that, we’ll take it.”
Recap: The Devils fell to Carolina Tuesday at the Prudential Center for their seventh loss in eight games.
Need to Know: Carolina’s Chris Terry scored the only shootout goal. Scott Gomez, Michael Cammalleri and Adam Henrique missed against Carolina’s Anton Khudobin.
The Hurricanes outshot the Devils 30-15 in regulation. Cory Schneider had 32 saves in regulation and OT, when he stopped Rion Hainsey on a breakaway.
Hainsey tied it at 1 with 8:01 left in regulation; Stephen Gionta scored with 6:28 left in the first period for the Devils.
Schneider had won his last three starts against Carolina, going 3-0-0 with a 1.34 GAA and a .953 save percentage.
Three shots in the second period matched the Devils’ season low, set Nov. 7 at Detroit and Nov. 21 at Edmonton. Carolina had a 15-3 edge in shots in the period, 21-8 in the first two periods combined.
Jordin Tootoo took down the ‘Canes Tim Gleason during a second-period fight. It was Tootoo’s first fight since Dec. 13, the Devils’ seventh of the season and second in two games.
New Jersey has lost seven of eight games (1-4-3) since Dec. 9.
Before Tuesday, Jaromir Jagr leads the Devils with 76 shots on goal, the fewest by any team leader this season. Jagr also leads all active skaters with 113 career points and 76 career assists vs. the Carolina franchise (including seasons in Hartford).
Links: AP recap | Box Score
What’s Next: The Devils visit the Rangers Saturday at 7 p.m.
Recap: The Devils failed to hold on to a three-goal second-period lead Friday as they returned home from a four-game western Canada swing.
Need to Know: The Wings’ Michael Ryder scored the only goal in the shootout after Jacob Josefson, Michael Cammalleri, and Michael Ryder missed chances for the Devils and Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Tatar failed to convert for Detroit.
Cammalleri had two goals, Jaromir Jagr a goal and assist, and Adam Henrique and Damon Severson had two assists. Henrique left the game for undisclosed reasons.
The Devils fell to 1-3 in shootouts and lost for the first time when leading after two periods (5-1-2).
The Red Wings outshot the Devils 17-6 in the second period, when they closed a three-goal deficit it one.
Cory Schneider made 15 saves in the period for the Devils and had 28 overall.
Jagr’s goal gave him 709 for his career, surpassed Mike Gartner for sole possession of sixth on the all-time NHL list.
The Devils went 18 games without scoring four goals since scoring six and five, respectively, in their first two games. They’ve now done it twice in last three games.
Detroit has scored four or more goals 11 times in 2014-15 — tied with Calgary for second most in the league (Tampa Bay has 11).
New Jersey allowed two power-play goals. In the previous seven they killed off 96.4 percent (27/28) of its opponents’ extra-man chances — best of any NHL club since Nov. 11.
Links: Box Score
What’s Next: The Devils visit the Metropolitan Division co-leading Islanders Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Devils have sent forward Mike Sislo back to Albany (AHL affiliate).
Sislo was recalled just two days ago after forward Adam Henrique suffered what was being called a “lower body” injury. Henrique was listed as day-to-day and Sislo was to fill in during his absence (Chere, Nov. 6).
St. Louis gets a small measure of revenge on their home ice with a shutout over a snakebitten Devils team, who could not find an answer to the perfect play of Jaroslav Halak. This one drops the Devils’ record to 22-21-11 on the season.
– Alex Steen
is having the season of a lifetime. Tonight he netted his 27th of the year on a wrister from Jaden Schwartz
and David Backes
in the first. As it would turn out, that goal was also the game winner.
– The dominant Blues power play that the Devils stoned last time came through in a big way tonight, with Brendan Morrow deflecting a shot from Jay Bouwmeester to break the Devils midway through the third period. On the other side of the ice, the Devils went 0/4 on their power play opportunities.
– With all the talk of Corey Schneider’s play coming into tonight, (which was still fantastic, even in a loss) it was Jaroslav Halak who who made a very strong push to be his team’s starter tonight with a 23 save shutout.
After crashing back down to Earth in the Bronx on Sunday, New Jersey took another hit via a shutout loss to the St. Louis Blues.
On Tuesday night, the Devils were left flustered, frustrated, and finally — for five periods and counting — scoreless. The Blues brought everything they had for their rematch with the Devils. Unlike the fatigued team that showed up in Newark to play on January 21, tonight St. Louis was fast and physical, and showed why they are considered among the league’s elite teams. The Blues didn’t overwhelm the Devils. For the most part the game was 1-0 until a deflected power play goal and an empty-netter changed the look of the scoresheet. Yet, somehow, the game was never really in doubt for St. Louis. The stat lines were pretty even, and might have even favored New Jersey. But, in the end, St. Louis played relentless coverage against their top scorers, pushed the Devils to the outside, and made sure that the vast majority of the Devils chances were no real threat.
For the Devils, it was a game that they’ll have trouble seeing the bright side of. Corey Schneider put together one of those games that he’s starting to become known for, but, true to their own reputation, the Devils offense failed to hold up their end of the bargain. This was more to the credit of the Blues. Whenever Jaromir Jagr got the puck, Barret Jackman was all over him, taking him off his game. The same could be said of Patrik Elias, Ryan Clowe, Ryan Carter, Michael Ryder and plenty others. While they didn’t necessarily play poorly, they were constantly prevented from hitting the top of their games. Every shot was contested, and every pass had two men in the way.
New Jersey’s defense, despite what the final score might have you think, played fairly well. They held the Blues to two very difficult goals, the empty-netter aside, and made sure that the team was in the game all the way. Eric Gelinas and Andy Greene played their part in the offensive zone, and, in general, the D did what they could to help push the team up the ice. In terms of intensity, however, they failed to match what St. Louis brought to the table. The Devils shooters had to work for every opportunity they had against Halak, and usually got a little roughed up for their trouble. The Blues, on the other hand, seemed to have plenty of time to work with against a very cautious Devils’ team. This is something that they must change if they want to right the ship Thursday in Dallas.
In their final game before Sunday’s outdoor game at Yankee Stadium, the Devils got out to a lead and held on for a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals from Prudential Center. The win moves the Devils 22-19-11 on the season.
– The Devils got out to a 1-0 lead on a 2-on-1 goal by Stephen Gionta in the first period.
– In the second stanza, it was Adam Henrique who lit the lamp off of a beautiful feed from Jaromir Jagr.
– Playing without their superstar, Alexander Ovechkin, the Capitals struggled to get sustained pressure on the Devils, though they did manage 31 shots on the evening.
– The difference on Friday night was Cory Schneider, who has been superb lately. The only blemish was a third period tally by Jason Chimera.
It might be freezing cold on Sunday at Yankee Stadium, but the Devils are starting to bring the heat at the right time.
Cory Schneider might not start on Sunday, nor is he a member of the 2014 US Olympic team, but his numbers are reaching an entirely different stratosphere. With the win, the former Boston College Eagle evened up his record at 9-9-7, while lowering his goals against average to a minuscule 1.84 and brought his save percentage to .928%.
Not to be overlooked is the play of the defense in front of him. Much maligned players in the offseason, Anton Volchenkov and Bryce Salvador are bringing strength and grit to the lineup. Since Salvador’s return on December 28th, the team is 7-3-3.
While there are plenty of Salvador detractors, the captain has been a stabilizing force in the lineup. No. 24 is a plus-one since returning to the lineup.
The seven-goal outburst against the Blues is far from the norm. If this team hopes to make the playoffs, they’re going to have to win these kind of hard-fought 2-1 games. With the power play looking better of late and players like Ryane Clowe and Adam Henrique starting to sizzle, it’s going to come down to the ability to win one-goal games. Considering that the Devils do not have a regulation loss when leading after two periods, they are going to have to rely on that lock-down prowess during the stretch run.
This was a game that the Devils had to have and they got it done. Washington, who seemed like a lock at one point to make the playoffs out of the Metropolitan Division are suddenly struggling. For the Devils to take two points against the Caps without them gaining at least a point is a big plus.
With an assist on both goals, Jaromir Jagr moved into a tie for the 10th most assists in NHL history. He’s tied with former teammate Mario Lemieux, with 1,033 helpers.
Up next is the big one. The Devils will skate at noon from Yankee Stadium on Saturday in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Rangers. Speaking of the Rangers, with the Devils win against the Capitals, a regulation win by New Jersey would bring the Devils into a tie with New York at 57 points.
Every Devils-Rangers game is big, but with 40,000-plus watching and a two huge points in the standings at stake, this has the makings of a classic.
For the Devils, this matchup is coming at the right time, as the team has notched points in eight of their last nine games.
New Jersey earned an impressive win against an elite team in the St. Louis Blues. The Devs pulled out all the stops, finding a big reserve of goals for Cory, and treated the fans that braved the elements to a 7-1 victory. This win brings the Devils’ record to 21-19-11 on the season.
Normally a slow starting team, the Devils manufactured two goals in the first three minutes from Mark Fayne
and Ryan Carter
. Jaromir Jagr
would add one off the skate at the midway point to make it three in the first.
The dominant Blues power play was blanked on all three opportunities, while New Jersey caught fire and went 3/4.
In his first game back Damien Brunner was named the first star, wracking up a goal and a pair of assists in his return. Also earning 1G and 2A was Eric Gelinas.
Any chances that the Blues might have had for a comeback were snuffed out by Corey Schneider who stopped 26/27 shots from St. Louis.
What a night! And, what a response from a team that was pretty down on itself after last Saturday’s loss to Phoenix. Against the St. Louis Blues, the Devils showed what they can really do when they are healthy and this whole roster can take the ice.
Offensively, what can I really say that the seven-goal headline doesn’t? After the game at Phoenix, Coach Pete DeBoer voiced concerns about the team’s ability to score even strength goals, which only compounded the fears of fans who have long worried about the team’s struggles on the power play. Tonight was a great exhibition of both elements of their offensive game. With tallies from seven different skaters, three of them on the power play, it felt like New Jersey couldn’t be stopped, no matter who was shooting. Mark Fayne scored his first goal since November 29, Ryan Carter and Damien Brunner scored their first goals since coming back from their respective injuries, and the team’s recent top players, Jagr, Clowe, and Adam Henrique continue to produce. Add in multi-point nights from Eric Gelinas and Patrik Elias, and there’s a lot to be excited about following this effort.
There was some concern about Adam Henrique who left the game in the third period after being hit with a slap shot on his surgically repaired left thumb. Hopes are that this was just precautionary, as the game was already well out of St. Louis’ reach by the third. It should be noted that Henrique’s goal came after the injury occurred, so it didn’t seem to slow down his play too much. We’ll keep you updated with any information on his status whenever we get it.
A big part of tonight’s victory for New Jersey was receiving contributions from all four lines, which coach DeBoer admitted after the game is a team goal. But, it wasn’t just the tallies on the scoring sheet that had the team’s manager so excited. He made a point to mention that there were big contributions down the line on both ends of the ice. The Devils laid down to block 14 shots for their goaltender, as opposed to St. Louis’ four. And in the first two periods, before the game was out of hand, the Devils’ suffocating defensive play held the Blues to a mere 13 shots on goal. This was a complete reversal from the 25 SOG they allowed Phoenix in the same amount of time.
With Schneider putting together another stellar performance, turning away 26 out of 27 shots, it’s hard to think of a single aspect of the Devils’ game that didn’t click tonight. That’s not to say that all their woes are behind them. There are still questions to be answered, acquisitions to be made, and a few too many streaky scorers to ever be completely comfortable. What this night was, was great sign of things going forward. When the Devils can play the four-line game that Pete DeBoer wants, and can showcase that depth that had everyone so excited before the season, they are a different team, and a strong threat to make a run for a playoff spot in the tightly contested Metropolitan division.