Devils Post-Game 10/22/15

New Jersey Devils 5 at Ottawa Senators 4 (SO)

  • Attendance: 16,578
  • Three Stars: 1. Chris Neal 2. Mika Zibanejad  3. Lee Stempniak

Team Notes

  • New Jersey won its third straight and now has points in four consecutive games (3-0-1=7pts).
  • The Devils have played in four consecutive overtime games for the first time since January 30-February 7, 2014 (2-0-2). 
  • New Jersey has won three consecutive games in OT/SO for the first time since March 28-April 2, 2008: March 28 vs. Philadelphia, Ws 3-2; April 1 at New York Islanders, Wo 2-1; April 2 vs. Boston, Ws 3-2.
  • New Jersey  improved to 62-57 in the shootout all-time (25-28 on the road).
  • The Devils have points in six of their last seven games played in Ottawa (3-1-3=9pts) and are 7-3-4=18pts vs. the Senators since 2011-12. Each of the last three meetings at Canadian Tire Centre have gone to overtime/shootout (2-0-1).
  • The Devils scored two power play goals for the first time this season (last time, January 14 at Los Angeles, 2/4). The team has scored with the man-advantage in five of its first seven games (6/25, 24.0%).
  • New Jersey also allowed its third shorthanded goal of the season.
  • The club’s penalty-kill unit was 4/5 tonight and is 13/15 (86.8%) over the last four games.
  • New Jersey tied a season-high with 32 shots on goal (also Oct. 16 vs. San Jose) & allowed a season-high 39 shots against.

Player Notes

  • Cory Schneider made a season-high 35 saves (+ 3/4 SO) and earned the 100th win of his NHL career (45 with New Jersey).
  • Lee Stempniak scored at 19:28 of the third period to tie the game/force overtime and extend his point-scoring streak to three games (2g-1a-3pts). Stempniak assisted on Adam Larsson’s overtime goal on Tuesday vs. Arizona & scored the game-winner in OT on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. He also scored the game-deciding goal in the shootout tonight, the sixth of his NHL career.
  • Stempniak’s goal marked the 45th time in team history that the Devils have tied the game with the goaltender pulled for the extra attacker (last time, March 26, 2015, Steve Bernier, 3-2 OT loss at Washington).
  • Adam Henrique scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season & recorded the primary assist on Tootoo’s tally for his second multiple-point outing in the last three games. Henrique now has 3g-2a-5pts over the last four games.
  • Travis Zajac scored a five-on-three power play goal at 5:02 of the first period and now has 2g-2a-4pts over the past two games. Zajac has goals in back-to-back games for the first time since February 27-28 (2g).
  • Jordin Tootoo scored a power play goal just 1:30 later, his first of the season. It was the sixth PPG of Tootoo’s career/second in his last 24 games dating back to March 6. He also received a five-minute major for fighting Chris Neil in the third period.
  • Mike Cammalleri tied a career-high with 3a tonight (five times previously, last time, February 13, 2013 vs. Dallas). He has points in a season-high three straight games (1g-4a-5pts) and leads the Devils with 2g-6a-8pts overall.
  • Kyle Palmieri was credited with the primary assist on Zajac’s tally, which gives him 1g-2a-3pts on the season (1g-1a-2pts on the PP).
  • Jacob Josefson also assisted on Tootoo’s goal and has points in back-to-back games (2a). He also scored in the shootout and is now 7/13 (53.8%) in his NHL career.
  • Damon Severson recorded the primary assist on Stempniak’s goal, his third in the last four games.
  • Stephen Gionta received a 10 minute game misconduct and a five minute major for spearing. He had just 52 career PIM, all minors, coming into tonight’s game.
  • Jon Merrill was a healthy scratch.
  • Tuomo Ruutu (lower body/maintenance) missed his third straight game.

Statistics

Next Up

  • Tomorrow: TBA
  • Saturday: vs. Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center (7:00 PM, MSG Plus, Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN).
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