By John Schweibacher
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The New Jersey Devils have won four straight games for the first time since last February, and they have won three consecutive on the road for the first time since last October.
The Devils’ 4-3 win Saturday night in Buffalo gave them their first four-game winning streak since February 17-23 of 2015. New Jersey has not won five in a row since February 3-10 of 2013. The win was also the Devils’ first regulation victory of the season. New Jersey’s last win that did not come in overtime or a shootout was also in Buffalo, a 3-1 victory over the Sabres on March 20, 2015.
Mike Cammalleri had a goal and two assists in the Devils’ 4-3 win at Buffalo Saturday night after recording three assists in New Jersey’s shootout victory at Ottawa Thursday evening. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Cammalleri is only the fourth Devils player to record at least three points in each of two consecutive games on one road trip:
- Tom Kurvers 3/8/88 at Rangers: 3 assists
3/12/88 at Philadelphia: 2 goals, 1 assists
- Scott Stevens 1/19/94 at Winnipeg: 3 assists
1/24/94 at Dallas: 1 goal, 3 assists
- Scott Niedermayer 1/19/94 at Winnipeg: 1 goal, 2 assists
1/24/94 at Dallas: 2 goals, 1 assist
- Mike Cammalleri 10/22/15 at Ottawa: 3 assists
10/24/15 at Buffalo: 1 goal, 2 assists
Cammalleri’s three assists in the Devils’ win at Ottawa tied his career high for assists in one game, and he now leads New Jersey with eight through eight games. Cammalleri, who finished 2014-15 with 15 assists, did not pick up his eighth helper last season until February 21, in his 47th game.
Adam Henrique scored his 10th career shorthanded goal at 9:15 of the third period, which proved to be the game-winner against the Sabres. Henrique’s total is tied for the third-most in the NHL since 2011-12 (totals through games of 10/25):
- Brandon Sutter: 11
- Brad Marchand: 11
- Adam Henrique: 10
- Cal Clutterbuck: 10
- Tomas Plekanec: 9
- Rick Nash: 9
The Devils defeated the Senators, 5-4, in the shootout Thursday night in Ottawa. Henrique and Lee Stempniak scored late third-period goals as New Jersey rallied from a 4-2 deficit. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Devils won after overcoming a two-goal deficit in the last six minutes of the third period for the first time in team history on the road, and the fourth time overall:
- 10/22/15: Devils 5 at Ottawa 4 (SO)
- 2/5/10: Devils 4 vs. Toronto 3
- 10/12/06: Devils 7 vs. Toronto 6 (SO)
- 11/2/85: Devils 6 vs. NY Rangers 5 (OT)
The Devils won three consecutive games in overtime or the shootout for the first time since March 28-April 2 of 2008:
- March 28 vs. Philadelphia: 3-2 (SO)
- April 1 at NY Islanders: 2-1 (OT)
- April 2 vs. Boston: 3-2 (SO)
New Jersey’s shootout win was its first on the road since December 13, 2011, a 3-2 win over the Panthers in Florida. The Devils had lost an NHL-record 16 consecutive road shootouts.
The Devils got their second win of the season and second straight overtime victory, 3-2, over the Coyotes in Newark last Tuesday. The win was New Jersey’s first in their 13 all-time games decided after regulation against the Winnipeg/Phoenix/Arizona franchise, the only team they had never defeated in overtime or a shootout.
The Devils had gone 0-2-7 in nine overtime games against the original Winnipeg Jets, and had two overtime losses and one shootout loss vs. Phoenix/Arizona.
Adam Larsson scored the overtime goal, the first of his career and the seventh overall in the NHL. All seven of his goals have come in Devils home games at Prudential Center. Here are some of Larsson’s career regular-season splits through his first 200 games:
Games G A Pts +/-
- Home (99) 7 27 34 +19
- Road (101) 0 19 19 -19
Plus: Making a Point — David Schlemko scored his first goal as a Devil and Sergey Kalinin picked up his first NHL assist and point in New Jersey’s win at Buffalo.
Minus: Stay out of the Box — The Devils have allowed eight goals during the 29 times they have been shorthanded over their first eight games, a 72.4 percent penalty-killing percentage.