Jan 16, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene (9) has his shot blocked by New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) during the third period at Pepsi Center. The Avalanche won 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

New Jersey Devils Move To 0-8 In Shootouts vs. Avalanche

Jan 16, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) has his shot blocked by New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) during the second period at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

#Goals4Cory

This should be the biggest movement in hockey. Cory Schneider (tonight’s third star) outplayed Semyon Varlamov (tonight’s 1st star) statistically and arguably overall with his 37 save effort. Varlamov recorded 33 saves.

Ryan O’Reilly started the scoring for the night with his 18th goal of the season almost 9 minutes into the 1st period. Patrick Bordeleau and Brad Malone recorded the assists.

The Devils found the equalizer in the third, as they almost always tend to do, as Reid Boucher hopefully works to break out of his recent slump. Boucher now has 6 points in 21 games.

The game would be scoreless in overtime and would head to the dreaded shootout.

Matt Duchene scored the first shootout goal for the Avalanche. Patrik Elias, Nathan MacKinnon, and Adam Henrique would all miss and O’Reilly ended what he started in the 1st with the clinching goal.

Patrik Elias returned from injury tonight. He had a -1 rating, was 5-for-12 on faceoffs and committed a Tripping penalty in the 1st period.

The Devils piled on the shots again tonight as putting shots on net isn’t the problem anymore. The problem is what has eluded them when Cory Schneider is in net  all season: goals.

They are always having trouble finding the back of the net unless it is in the third period when they are trailing.

There is one more game between the two teams this season and it will take place on February 3rd in the Prudential Center.

The Devils met up with the Ottawa Senators again who most recently have also lost in overtime. Both teams are tied for third in the wild card with 51 points. The Washington Capitals sit in 2nd at 52 points with the Toronto Maple Leafs sitting in first with 53 points.

Colorado is sitting comfortably in 3rd in the Central Division.

Three Stars

1. Semyon Varlamov – 33 saves, .971 save percentage
2. Ryan O’Reilly – 1 goal, 0 assists
3. Cory Schneider – 37 saves, .974 save percentage

Stats courtesy of ESPN.com and NHL.com.

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