Devils blank Islanders in first NHL game in Brooklyn

Sunday, 09.22.2013 / 12:29 AM

Cory Schneider remained perfect this preseason, making 26 saves in the first NHL game played at Barclays Center in Brooklyn as the New Jersey Devils blanked the New York Islanders 3-0.

Schneider has stopped all 48 shots he has faced in two preseason games.

"It's unfortunate these wins don't count," he told the team's website. "It's not as much about the result right now, it's more about just how guys are feeling. I felt good tonight, improved in some areas from last game. But again, still a few times where I was kicking out some bad rebounds, pucks that I should be eating up and it led to some more chances and shots. It's always kind of a fluid situation, but the process seems to be going pretty well right now."

Jacob Josefson scored the first goal in the arena's history, and Patrik Elias and Steve Bernier added one each for the Devils, who were the visiting team.

Josefson was able to poke a loose puck past Evgeni Nabokov 10:14 into the game after the Islanders goaltender was unable to control Anton Volchenkov's shot from the point.

Elias doubled New Jersey's lead at 4:49 of the second period. After a feed from Josefson, Elias converted a wrist shot from the left circle past Nabokov to make it 2-0. Bernier completed the scoring with a power-play goal 2:31 into the third period. Damien Brunner had an assist for New Jersey.

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