New Jersey Devils 6 vs. Ottawa Senators 3
Travis Zajac, Joseph Blandisi and Kyle Palmieri combine for 4g-6a-10pts.Team Notes
• New Jersey extended its winning streak to three games and improved to 24-19-5=53pts on the season.
• The Devils are 6-4-1=13pts over their last 11 home games and are 11-10-3=25pts at Prudential Center overall.
• New Jersey swept the season series vs. Ottawa (3-0-0) for the first time since 2008-09 (4-0-0) and is 9-3-4=22pts vs. the Senators overall since 2011-12.
• The Devils are 9-4-3=21pts vs. the Atlantic Division this season, including 3-3-1=7pts at home.
• New Jersey scored six goals in a game for the first time since Oct. 9, 2014 at Philadelphia (W, 6-4).
• The Devils' five goals in the first period were their most in a single frame since scoring 5g in the third period of a 6-3 win vs. Tampa Bay on Jan. 9, 2011.
• The Devils were 2/2 on the power play tonight; they were 0/19 over the previous eight games.
• Ottawa outshot New Jersey 32-20, including 26-10 over the final two periods.
Cory Schneider (29 saves) won for the fourth time in five starts. He improved to 9-8-3 at home and to 21-14-5 overall.
Travis Zajac tied his career high with 1g-3a-4pts (also, 3g-1a-4pts Mar. 31, 2014 vs. Florida & 1g-3a-4pts Jan. 29, 2010 vs. Toronto). He became the first Devil to record 4pts in a single-period since Ilya Kovalchuk (Mar. 23, 2010 vs. Columbus, 1g-3a, 2nd period) & just the second player in team history to do so in the first period (Patrik Elias, 1g-3a, Dec. 20, 2000 vs. Dallas). Zajac is the first NHL player to record 4pts in a period since Claude Giroux (2g-2a) on Dec. 19, 2013 vs. Columbus (third period).-credit Elias Sports Bureau
Zajac's goal was his first since Nov. 6 vs. Chicago (27 games). He recorded 2g-4a-6pts in three games vs. Ottawa this season.
Kyle Palmieri scored two goals, his 19th & 20th of the season, just 3:26 apart in the first period to give New Jersey a 3-0 lead. He added an assist for his second 3pt. game of the season/sixth multiple-point game. Palmieri has 3g-1a-4pts over the last three games and ranks second on the club with a career-high 20g-15a-35pts overall.
Palmieri's first goal of the night came on the power play, his team-leading seventh PPG and his first since Dec. 22 at Detroit.
Joseph Blandisi scored the first goal of his NHL career, a power play tally at 6:53 of the first period, to put the Devils ahead 1-0. He added 2a later in the period for his first career multiple-point game. Blandisi is the seventh rookie in Devils' history to record 3pts in a single period & the first since Brendan Morrison (Dec. 28, 1998 at Buffalo, 1g-2a, first period). Blandisi now has 1g-4a-5pts over the last five games.
Lee Stempniak scored an unassisted goal at 17:24 of the first, his 12th of the season. Stempniak has points in three straight (2g-2a-4pts), has 3g-2a-5pts over the last five games & has points in 15 of the last 24 contests (7g-9a-16pts). He recorded 3g-1a-4pts in three games vs. the Senators this season.
Adam Henrique added an empty-net goal, his 16th of the season, and has points in consecutive games (1g-1a-2pts) for the first time since his season-high, four-game stretch from Nov. 22-28 (3g-2a-5pts). Henrique led the Devils with three shots on goal & was 11/20 (55.0%) on face-offs tonight.
David Schlemko recorded two power play assists to post the fifth multiple-point game of his career/first since Jan. 20, 2013 vs. Chicago. He now has 4g-7a-11pts overall, his most in a season since 2011-12 (1g-10a-11pts). Schlemko has 0g-6a-6pts on the power play, which is a new career-high (5 PPA, 2010-11).
Stephen Gionta collected the primary assist on Henrique's goal and now has 3a over the last seven games.
Andy Greene also assisted on Henrique's tally, giving him points in back-to-back games for the second time this season (also, Dec. 20-22, 1g-1a-2pts). Greene led the Devils with 25:12 of TOI tonight.
Adam Larsson was +2 and led the Devils with three hits tonight. Larsson has registered 13 hits & is +6 over the past seven games.
Jacob Josefson returned to the lineup after missing the previous 11 games due to a lower body injury. He recorded two shots on goal and was 9/16 (56.3%) in the face-off circle in 15:00 of action.