Newark, NJ - The New Jersey Devils faced off against Washington Capitals in their final game before the Stadium Series on Sunday. After a monstrous 7-1 win over the St Louis Blues, the Devils looked to stay hot against the Caps.
The Devils had their weapon, Cory Schneider, in full use tonight. He stopped 30 of 31 shots, multiple breakaways, and killed three penalties. He made a huge blocker save late in the third to keep the lead when Niklas Backstrom had a one-timer in the slot. There was also non-stop traffic in the crease and he never once panicked.
Adam Henrique scored the game-winner and his 14th of the year on a beautiful set up power play goal at 1:45 in the second period. Damien Brunner got the play started at the point giving it to Travis Zajac, who gave it to Jaromir Jagr, who then made a beautiful feed across the crease to Henrique.
Stephen Gionta got the Devils started with a slap shot goal during a 2-on-2 opportunity at 4:57 in the first period. Jagr earned his first of two assists on the Gionta goal, which leads us to his newly reached milestone.
With his second assist to Henrique in the second period, Jagr has now tied his former teammate and NHL legend Mario Lemieux on the NHL’s all time assist list at 10th. He now sits with 1,033 assists in his career, such an impressive feat for the future Hall of Famer.
The Devils now have to start getting ready for the Stadium Series game against their rival New York Rangers on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. It is going to be a frigid 19-degrees with 18-mph winds, which will make it an even more difficult game for both teams.
It will be more than just a fun experience for the Devils, who need all of the points they can get right now as they sit in 10th place in the east. However, they only sit four points out of the fourth place spot. It will be a very close playoff race that will go down to the wire.
1st Star – Cory Schneider
2nd Star – Jaromir Jagr
3rd Star – Adam Henrique