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Hayes nets GWG as Schneider blanks Vancouver in Boyle's return to the ice

10 Takeaways: Devils shutout the Canucks 2-0

by Amanda Stein @AmandaCStein / newjerseydevils.com

VANCOUVER, B.C. - The New Jersey Devils opened their three-game Western Canada road trip on Wednesday with a 2-0 victory over the Canucks. Cory Schneider was rock solid against his former team, as the Devils improve to 9-2-0 on the season.  

Here are 10 takeaways from the game: 

1. Brian Boyle made his season debut, playing for the first time since being diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia during training camp. Boyle played on Blake Coleman's left wing and logged a total of 15:19 minutes.

2. It was a rough start to the game for the Devils. 57 seconds in, Marcus Johansson left with an injury after going hard into the boards on his first shift. His head and neck hit the end boards and he lay on the ice for several moments. Athletic therapist Kevin Morley jumped onto the ice to tend to Johansson, who skated off without any help. Johansson did not return to game action, and was listed with an upper body injury.  

Tweet from @amandacstein: Marcus Johansson down on the ice. Went extremely hard into the boards, head first. #NJDevils pic.twitter.com/T89XgM5Wao

3. Johansson and Adam Henrique wore the "A"'s on their jerseys.

4. The Devils failed to score a goal in the first period for the first time this season on the road. The score was tied 0-0 after 10 minutes, with the two teams tied at 11 shots apiece. 

5. Jimmy Hayes opened scoring for the Devils at 10:09 of the second period. Hayes scored off a slap shot from the right circle, after Taylor Hall's original shot took a long rebound off Canucks netminder Jacob Markstrom. Hayes' third of the season was assisted by Hall, who continues to lead New Jersey in points with 14. 

Tweet from @NJDevils: Looks like Jim's been hitting the gym with slappers like this! ����� @Jimmy10Hayes gives the #NJDevils a 1-0 lead thanks to this ��. #NJDvsVAN pic.twitter.com/bEDixQqvrc

6. Wednesday marked the first game of a three-game trip for the Devils. New Jersey is 3-1-0 against the Western Conference and is 2-1-0 versus the Pacific division. 

7. Schneider posted his first shutout of the season and won the 150th game of his career. He stopped all 30 shots he faced in the victory over his former team. Not only did Schneider reach the milestone victory, the win was his fifth straight over the Canucks. Schneider has a 150-125-46 record in 338 career games. 

8. New Jersey remains the only undefeated team on the road in the NHL. They have posted a 5-0 record in away contests. 

9. The victory for New Jersey marked the team's sixth straight over the Canucks. The last time the Devils lost to the Canucks was Nov. 25, 2014. The last Devil to post a shutout victory over the Canucks was Martin Brodeur, who did so on Jan. 13, 2006.

10. Drew Stafford scored the empty net goal with 16 seconds left to seal the Devils victory. New Jersey continue their Western Canada road trip with a stop in Edmonton on Friday night. They'll then travel to Calgary to face the Flames on Sunday.

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