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Game 26: Schneider Conspiracy Continues, Devils Only Score Five In Win

Posted in on by Dan Pennucci

The constructed controversy surrounding Devils’ goaltender Cory Schneider added another chapter on Friday as the Devils only scored five goals in their 5-2 victory over Carolina in Raleigh. New Jersey stormed past the Canes with four third period goals, erasing the massive hole Schneider created by allowing two goals to Carolina that were hardly his fault. Andrei Loktionov and Adam Henrique potted what turned out to be the decisive goals in the third period, with Loktionov’s first tally in 16 games knotting up the contest. Dainius Zubrus and Jaromir Jagr added the final two goals to further cement the Devils’ first win in four games and the second for Schneider in as many starts.

The Devils staked Schneider to a 1-0 lead thanks to a Mark Fayne snap shot on a loose puck late in the first period, a puck which deflected off the stick of Carolina’s Ron Hainsey. With a rare first goal, the Devils were clearly flummoxed by the situation and proceeded to allow two goals. Carolina’s first tally at 1:53 of the second period saw Jeff Skinner wait out Schneider after the team’s netminder allowed a puck to deflect off players in front of him before rolling to Skinner for an easy finish. The Canes then capitalized on a four-on-four chance, as Justin Faulk sprung Jordan Staal on a breakaway with an tremendous pass that drew the gazes of Marek Zidlicky and Eric Gelinas. Staal finished the play with a perfectly placed wrist shot past Schneider, who failed to stop a wide open wrist shot from a former 30-goal scorer on a breakaway.

Carolina continued buy cipro pill controlling some of the play in the second period with the Devils generating a handful of scoring chances before pouncing in the third. Loktionov’s wrister snuck through Ward and trickled over the goal line at 8:43 before Henrique flicked home a loose puck in the slot on the power play four minutes later. The puck ended up in the slot off a Gelinas one-timer that knocked down Canes’ blue liner Brett Bellemore. Jon Merrill looked to get his first NHL goal at 13:52, but Zubrus selfishly tipped the puck past Ward. Jagr iced the victory by slamming home his 11th goal of the season.

Schneider stopped 16 shots in the win.

The Devils host Buffalo Saturday at The Rock where Martin Brodeur will likely return to the crease to put the minds of the Devils’ players at ease.

-The Devils are holding a coat drive for Saturday night’s game.Fans are asked to donate gently used coats upon entering the arena.

-Jagr snagged three points in Friday’s win, giving him 22 in 26 contests.

-Damien Brunner assisted on Mark Fayne’s opening goal, ending a 12-game points drought.

-Zajac posted another assist in the victory, giving him two points in the last two games. He’s posted a plus-5 rating the last two games.

-The Devils outshot Carolina almost 2-to-1, getting 31 to the Canes’ 16.

-The Rangers, New Jersey, Carolina, Philadelphia and Columbus are separated by only three points for spots 3-7 in the Metropolitan Division. Pittsburgh has a comfortable lead with Washington in second at 28 points.

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