Devils Post-Game 10/18/15

New Jersey Devils 2 at New York Rangers 1 (OT)

  • Attendance: 18,006
  • Three Stars: 1. Lee Stempniak 2. Cory Schneider 3. Henrik Lundqvist

Team Notes

  • New Jersey snapped a six game winless stretch vs. New York (0-5-1) and is 3-2-0 in its last five games at Madison Square Garden.
  • The Devils won their first game of the season and now have points in two straight (1-0-1). 
  • New Jersey won its first three-on-three overtime game and improved to 115-93-205 in OT all-time (57-50-118 on the road).
  • The Devils also earned their 200th & 201st points in the all-time series vs. the Rangers (86-82-28=201pts).
  • New Jersey was 0/3 on the power play; they had scored with the man-advantage in each of their first four games. The penalty-kill unit was 2/2 today and is 3/3 over the past two contests.
  • The Rangers outshot the Devils, 27-24.

Coach/Player Notes

  • John Hynes won his first game as an NHL Head coach.
  • Cory Schneider (26 saves) picked up his first win of the season and improved to 1-1-1.
  • Lee Stempniak scored the game-winning goal at 3:07 of overtime. It was his first goal as a Devil & came in his first game vs. New York since the Rangers traded him to Winnipeg on March 1.
  • The goal was the fourth OT game-winner of Stempniak’s career and first since November 21, 2008 with St. Louis vs. Anaheim (3-2, 2:39 of OT vs. J.S. Giguere).
  • Adam Henrique scored his team-leading third goal of the season and assisted on Stempniak’s goal for a multiple-point game. Henrique now has points in back-to-back games (2g-1a-3pts) and in three of the last four contests (3g-1a-4pts).
  • Andy Greene also assisted on the game-winner and has 2a over the last three games.
  • Mike Cammalleri collected the primary assist on Henrique’s goal and snapped a two-game point-less drought. He leads the Devils with 1g-3a-4pts (tie, Henrique) this season. Cammalleri is averaging a point per-game in his career vs. the Rangers (7g-11a-18pts in 18 games).
  • Damon Severson also assisted on Henrique’s marker and has points in two straight (0g-2a-2pts) for the first time since December 9-11, 2014 (0g-2a-2pts).
  • Kyle Palmieri fought Kevin Klein with 0:57 remaining in the first period, the fourth fight of his NHL career & first since January 5, 2014 (vs. Brad Richardson, Vancouver). He was tied (Stempniak) for the team lead with four shots on goal.
  • Adam Larsson led the Devils with 23:15 of TOI overall.
  • Travis Zajac returned to the lineup after missing Friday’s game due to a lower body injury.
  • Stefan Matteau and Eric Gelinas, who were both healthy scratches on Friday, also returned to the lineup this afternoon.
  • Jon Merrill (illness) and Tuomo Ruutu (lower body) missed the game due to injury.
  • Brian O’Neill was a healthy scratch; he had played in three straight games since making his NHL debut October 10 at Washington.


Next Up

  • Tomorrow: TBA
  • Tuesday: vs. Arizona Coyotes at Prudential Center (7:00 PM, MSG Network, Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN).
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