Dallas, TX - The New Jersey Devils continued to ride their hot goaltender Cory Schneider in Thursday night’s overtime win against the Dallas Stars. Schneider is 6-2-2 in his last 10 starts after tonight.
The Devils started off the game with a tough penalty kill task. The Stars had a 1:15 5-on-3 power play just five minutes into the game after Mark Fayne and Anton Volchenkov took minor penalties.
The Devils successfully killed it off, only allowing one shot during the whole time being shorthanded.
At 10:59 in the first period, the reunited line of Jaromir Jagr, Travis Zajac, and Dainius Zubrus struck for the game’s first goal. Jagr found Zubrus for a one-timer from the right circle that beat Kari Lehtonen just inside the post.
The Devils added a second goal to their lead 10-minutes into the second period. Damien Brunner manned the point, spread the puck around and eventually shot a one-timer that was deflected by Zajac to give the Devils a 2-0 lead.
But the Stars relentless attack got kicked off there. Just one minute later, the Stars captain Jamie Benn scored his 21st goal of the year on a backhand through the five-hole of Schneider.
The Devils started playing very defensively, holding the Stars to just 16 shots in the whole game.
However, late in the third period, Jaromir Jagr took a very questionable hooking penalty against Benn. Luckily, Benn was called for diving, giving the stars just a normal man advantage after pulling Lehtonen.
Unfortunately, Tyler Seguin scored his 24th of the year during a skirmish in front of the net. The puck came off Volchenkov’s skate right to the stick of Seguin who found the back of the net with just 52-seconds remaining.
Entering overtime, the Devils desperately needed to salvage the last point of the game. Eric Gelinas was on the ice to start overtime after being benched for the entire second and third periods. He found Jagr on a no-look pass out of the zone, who then gave it to a streaking Patrik Elias and forced a tripping penalty by Benn.
Just 12-seconds after the penalty, Elias scored the game-winner after a rebound from a Jagr shot.
The Devils ended their two-game losing streak and picked up two valuable points in the standings. With the win they sit just one point out of a the seventh spot. But the race is so tight that although they are one point out, they are in 12th.
The Devils travel to Nashville tomorrow to take on the Predators. With another win tomorrow night, the Devils could be back into contention.