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Schneider gets chased early; Devils fall to Leafs

by Julie Robenhymer /

The Devils lost, 4-2, to the Maple Leafs at Prudential Center despite a late, third-period rally with goals by PA Parenteau and Jon Merrill. Here's what we learned: 

1) Cory Schneider was pulled after allowing three goals on five shots in the opening 14:40 minutes of play, including an egregious giveaway on his doorstep while shorthanded. After the game he said he had no excuse, it was just a poor decision, wasn't his first and probably wouldn't be his last. All he can do now is move on.

2) The Devils held the Maple Leafs without a shot in the final period while taking 14 of their own and finished the game ahead 32-14. Keith Kinkaid said after the game that he still had a sweat going despite facing only nine shots. "They had me going everywhere. They just weren't taking a lot of shots. I think I had more touches playing the puck than I did shots." 

3) Despite a difficult six minutes in the first period, the Devils regrouped in the second period and put up 25 shots the rest of the game and head coach John Hynes liked the way his team didn't throw in the towel with 40 minutes left in the game. "They could have given up down four-nothing, but they didn't. They battled hard and focused in on playing the way we want to play the rest of the way."

The Devils will have a quick turnaround as they host Edmonton tonight at Prudential Center.

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