Three Stars: 1. Lee Stempniak 2. Cory Schneider 3. Henrik Lundqvist
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.
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.