Three Stars: 1. Keith Kinkaid 2. Stephen Gionta 3. Travis Zajac
New Jersey improved to 32-29-7=71pts and has matched its win total from all of last season (32-36-14=78pts).
The Devils are 3-3-0=6pts over their last six road games and are 17-14-3=37pts away from Prudential Center overall.
New Jersey finished 1-0-1=3pts in its season series vs. San Jose.
New Jersey is 14-10-1=29pts vs. the Western Conference this season, including 7-5-0=14pts on the road.
The Sharks outshot the Devils, 30-16.
Keith Kinkaid stopped all 30 shots he faced to record the second shutout of his career/in his last four starts (also, Feb. 14 vs. Los Angeles, 28 saves).
Devante Smith-Pelly scored his fourth game-winning goal/ninth of the season overall. He has 3g-1a-4pts in four games with the Devils and has 4g-1a-5pts over his last five contests.
Travis Zajac scored 2g, his second multi-goal game of the season (also, Oct. 29 at Philadelphia)/eighth of his NHL career. Zajac has 3g-1a-4pts over the last four games and has 4g-3a-7pts over the past nine contests. He was also 9/15 (60.0%) in the face-off circle tonight.
Stephen Gionta recorded the primary assist on Smith-Pelly’s goal for his first assist/point since Jan. 21 vs. Ottawa (19 games).
Mike Sislo also assisted on Smith-Pelly’s marker, the second assist/point of his NHL career (also, Nov. 6, 2014 at St. Louis). Sislo, who was recalled from Albany on Tuesday, skated in his first NHL game since Jan. 6 at Montreal.
Kyle Palmieri posted an assist on Zajac’s first goal, his 20th helper of the season. Palmieri has points in back-to-back games (1g-1a-2pts) and has 2g-3a-5pts over the last four contests.
Reid Boucher registered the lone assist on Zajac’s empty-net goal and has points in back-to-back games (2a).
Adam Larsson and Andy Greene both recorded a season-best +3 rating tonight (tie, Feb. 23 vs. NY Rangers).
David Warsofsky returned to the lineup after missing the previous two games due to a lower body injury. He recorded one shot on goal & blocked two shots in 15:58 of action.
Tyler Kennedy led the Devils with three shots on goal.