By John Schweibacher
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The New Jersey Devils fell to 0-7 in shootouts this season after a 3-2 loss in the tiebreaker Sunday night against the Maple Leafs in Toronto. It was the Devils’ 11th consecutive shootout loss dating back to March 15 of last year.
Fortunately for New Jersey, their record is 6-3 in games decided in overtime, including their dramatic 2-1 victory against the Florida Panthers Saturday night in Newark.
Marek Zidlicky became the third Devils defenseman to score an overtime goal this season with his game-winner against Florida. The other New Jersey defensemen with OT goals this season are Eric Gelinas (December 7 at the Rangers) and Andy Greene (December 21 at Washington). It is the first time in Devils history they have had three different defensemen score overtime goals in one season, and according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the first time that any NHL team has had at least three D-men do it since 2010-11, when Florida (four), Atlanta, Buffalo and Carolina all did it as well.
Zidlicky scored with just three seconds remaining in overtime, making it the second-latest regular-season OT goal in Devils history:
· 11/16/00 Scott Gomez 4:58 3-2 at Bos
· 1/11/14 Marek Zidlicky 4:57 2-1 vs. Fla
· 2/20/86 Rich Preston 4:56 4-3 vs. Que
· 2/16/84 Jan Ludvig 4:54 6-5 vs. Hfd
· 12/6/06 Patrik Elias 4:52 2-1 vs. Mtl
· 3/17/01 Patrik Elias 4:51 6-5 at Edm
· 2/09/02 Brian Rafalski 4:51 2-1 at Pit
The New Jersey Devils beat the Dallas Stars, 1-0, last Thursday night at Prudential Center. Cory Schneider stopped all 26 shots he faced to record his third shutout of the season and the 12th of his NHL career.
The win was Schneider’s second 1-0 shutout this year (November 30 vs. Buffalo). The Devils have scored one goal or less in 10 of Schneider’s 22 starts this season (2-7-1) and exactly two goals in nine of Schneider’s games (3-2-4). New Jersey is 2-0-1 in the three games it has given Schneider at least three goals to work with.
The shutout was the sixth all-time by New Jersey against the Dallas Stars in the regular season and the eighth overall including the Devils’ games vs. the Minnesota North Stars:
· 1/09/14 Cory Schneider, Dallas 0 at NJ 1
· 2/22/11 Johan Hedberg, NJ 1 at Dallas 0
· 1/05/10 Martin Brodeur, Dallas 0 at NJ 4
· 10/22/08 Martin Brodeur, Dallas 0 at NJ 5
· 3/10/02 Martin Brodeur, NJ 3 at Dallas 0
· 3/13/94 Martin Brodeur, Dallas 0 at NJ 4
· 3/05/89 Sean Burke, Minnesota 0 at NJ 2
· 12/17/83 Chico Resch, NJ 2 at Minnesota 0
The 1-0 win was the Devils’ 34th by that score since relocating to New Jersey for the 1982-93 season, the most in the NHL over that span.
1-0 wins since 1982-83 NHL Season (through games of 1/12/14):
· New Jersey 34
· St. Louis 32
· Wpg/Phoenix 26
· Calgary 24
· Montreal 24
· Hfd/Carolina 23
· Chicago 23
· Washington 23
· Anaheim 23
· Boston 22
Brayden Schenn scored the first overtime goal of his NHL career to give the Flyers a 3-2 win against the Devils last Tuesday night at Prudential Center.
Schenn also scored the game-winning goal in the Flyers’ other game in Newark this season (1-0 on November 2). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Schenn is the third visiting player to score two game-winning goals in one season at Prudential Center, which opened in October 2007. The others were Ryan Malone for the Penguins in 2007-08 and Nathan Horton with the Bruins in 2011-12.
The overtime winner was the fifth all-time for the Flyers against the Devils in the regular season:
· 4/22/95 John LeClair, Phi 4 @ NJ 3
· 3/6/07 Simon Gagne, NJ 4 @ Phi 5
· 10/25/08 Jeff Carter, NJ 2 @ Phi 3
· 2/10/10 Simon Gagne, Phi 3 @ NJ 2
· 1/7/14 Brayden Schenn, Phi 3 @ NJ 2
Plus: Plenty of Shots — The Devils have averaged 35.3 shots on goal over their last four games and have had at least 25 in seven of their last eight.
Minus: Starved for Goals — New Jersey has scored two goals or fewer in five straight games and nine of its last 10.
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