Newark, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - The New Jersey Devils broke out of their
early-season slump in a big way, getting goals from four different players en
route to a 4-0 rout of the New York Rangers at the Prudential Center.
Andrei Loktionov and Adam Henrique each scored in the first period, with
Michael Ryder and Dainius Zubrus lighting the lamp in the second to help the
Devils end their franchise-worst seven-game losing streak to begin the 2013-14
Cory Schneider, making his initial home start in a New Jersey sweater, needed
to make just 22 saves to record his first shutout with his new team.
Schneider outshined counterpart Henrik Lundqvist, who stopped only 15-of-19
shots as the Rangers fell to 2-5-0 on their season-opening nine-game road
The Devils entered the matchup having mustered just six goals over their four
most recent defeats, but scored twice on their first six shots against a shaky
Lundqvist even with key forwards Damien Brunner and Patrik Elias out of the
Just over seven minutes in, Anton Volchenkov kept the puck from leaving the
Rangers zone and sent a long drive that Lundqvist turned away, but Loktionov
swooped in to knock home the rebound to send New Jersey ahead.
Schneider made a tough save in close on Benoit Pouliot later in the period,
and Henrique got loose down the left side shortly afterward before blasting
the puck by Lundqvist for a 2-0 lead.
A Rangers penalty early in the second period enabled their rival to increase
the margin. The Devils worked the puck on the resulting power play to Ryder,
who rocketed a low shot through Lundqvist's pads at the six-minute mark of the
Zubrus made it a 4-0 game by backhanding in the carom of Bryce Salvador's
initial attempt 5:28 prior to the second intermission.
The Rangers did control the action for much of the final frame. However,
Schneider withstood all 10 shots he faced in the third period to polish off
his 10th career shutout, the first nine of which came with Vancouver.
Elias did not play due to a case of the flu, while Brunner was held out with
an undisclosed injury ... The Rangers played without captain Ryan Callahan,
who fractured his thumb during Wednesday's 2-0 triumph over Washington, as
well as defenseman Michael Del Zotto (illness) ... Salvador briefly left the
contest late in the first period after being checked hard into the boards by
Pouliot, but returned for the second ... The Devils' longest winless stretch
to begin a season in franchise history remains nine games, when the Kansas
City Scouts opened their inaugural 1974-75 campaign with eight losses and a
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