New Jersey Devils 3 vs. Colorado Avalanche 2
- Attendance: 12,462
- Three Stars: 1. Kyle Palmieri 2. Andy Greene 3. Pavel Zacha
- The Devils improved to 2-1-0 on the season-long, five-game home-stand. The Devils defeated the Avalanche for the first time since Mar. 15, 2011 (six games).
- The clubs will face-off for their season-finale on Mar. 9 at Pepsi Center.
- New Jersey improved to 5-4-2 against the Central Division and to 10-9-5 vs. Western Conference opponents.
- The club was 1-3 on the power play tonight and is 6-14 (42.9%) with the man-advantage over the last five games.
- The Devils were 2-3 on the penalty-kill. Prior to tonight’s game, New Jersey had not surrendered a goal while shorthanded in three straight contests. The club is 12-14 (85.7%) on the PK over the last five games.
- The Devils out-shot Colorado, 40-30. It was the third time this season that New Jersey has registered at least 40 shots in a game.
- At 8:55 of the second period New Jersey requested a Coach’s Challenge to review the “Interference on the Goalkeeper” decision that resulted in a “no goal” call.
After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee determined that Miles Wood did not interfere with Colorado goaltender Jeremy Smith before the puck crossed the goal line.
Therefore the original call was overturned – good goal New Jersey Devils.
- Pavel Zacha opened the scoring with his seventh goal of the season at 2:04 of the first period. He has five goals and two assists (7 points) over his last 10 games.
- Andy Greene scored his fourth goal of the season on the power play at 8:55 of the second period. It was Greene’s first goal since Dec. 3 at Nsh. (19 games). He also led the Devils with 22:07 of ice-time.
- Kyle Palmieri scored the Devils’ third goal of the evening, the game-winner, at 16:25 of the second period. He has six goals and two assists (8 points) over the last 11 games. Palmieri is now tied with Adam Henrique for the team-lead with 15 goals on the season.
- Stefan Noesen and Jacob Josefson recorded the assists on Zacha’s marker. It was Noesen’s first point since scoring goals in his first two games with the Devils (Jan. 26 & Jan. 31) after being claimed off waivers from Anaheim. Josefson has points in two-straight games (2a).
- Travis Zajac had the lone assist on Greene’s power play goal. The assist tied him with Bobby Holik for ninth all-time in franchise history with 270 assists.
- Taylor Hall picked-up his team-leading 24th assist on Palmieri’s goal in the second. He also leads New Jersey with 37 points. Hall has 8g-4a-12pts in his last 11 games vs. Colorado.
- Cory Schneider made his 42nd start of the season and stopped 28 of 30 shots for his 18th win. Schneider has stopped 407 of 438 shots against in his last 16 games for a .929 save-percentage.
- Steven Santini had a career-high five shots on goal tonight. He also had four hits.