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Devils score three in row, defeat Red Wings in OT

by Mike G. Morreale

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider can sense something is about to happen whenever teammate Kyle Palmieri has the puck on his stick.

He had that sensation Friday when Palmieri collected an aerial pass from Lee Stempniak at the blue line and scored off his backhand with 39 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Devils a 3-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Prudential Center.

"He has this excitement when he has the puck," Schneider said. "He wants to make things happen and wants to shoot it. Those kind of offensive guys are fun to have because you never know when they're going to make plays, and [Palmieri] plays with some grit and is in the other team's face. He's been a huge asset for us this year."

The Devils tied the game with two third-period goals.

"I thought we were confident with the way we were playing after two periods, but we were getting a little frustrated down by two goals after putting together a decent 40 minutes," Palmieri said. "We knew we had to try and wear them down, and I think we did a good job of that. It paid off in the end with the two points."

Palmieri, who has six goals in the past seven games (13 this season), said he never called for the puck but instead focused on beating his man, Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar, before breaking in against Howard.

"I saw [Stempniak] got the puck on his backhand and was a little flat-footed, but I saw him put it up in the air and I just tried to beat my man down the ice," Palmieri said. "[Howard] came out and challenged me a bit and I didn't think I had a lot of time, and going in with that much speed I just tried to beat him to the far post."

Damon Severson and Sergey Kalinin scored, and Schneider made 27 saves for the Devils, who had lost four straight games to Detroit. The Devils (15-10-4), who have a point in five straight (3-0-2), are 5-1 in overtime. The Red Wings (16-8-6) are 6-5 in overtime.

The Devils were without their top centers, Travis Zajac (upper body) and Adam Henrique (lower body). Joseph Blandisi played 14:37 in his NHL debut and had three shots on goal.

"For us, it's about trying to find a way win each game, and this particular lineup found a way to win," Devils coach John Hynes said.

Gustav Nyquist and Tatar scored, and Howard made 35 saves for the Red Wings, who are 8-0-5 since a 3-1 loss at the Boston Bruins on Nov. 14. Detroit defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 at home on Thursday.

"Even though we still got the point, it's tough, being on the road and having a two-goal lead and not coming out on top," Howard said. "It's tough to swallow, but on the bright side we did get a point. When we continue to keep getting points, it's a good thing."

Kalinin scored a power-play goal at 14:40 to make it 2-2. Palmieri drove a shot that Kalinin redirected into the net with the blade of his stick at the left post. Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill challenged, claiming Kalinin interfered with the stick of Howard, but the goal was upheld.

"It was close," Palmieri said. "I saw Sergey's stick get up and obviously it wasn't exactly where I was trying to shoot the puck, but I looked at replay and it probably could have gone either way. I like the call."

Severson scored his first goal of the season 2:40 into the third period. Brian O'Neill set a screen in front of Howard, who was unable to track Severson's slap shot from the right point.

"Detroit's skill guys made some nice plays, and you're down 2-0, but I don't think it was one thing by us that turned it around," Schneider said. "We just stuck with it. To get that first one from [Severson] was huge; we were getting pucks to the net with traffic. We made Howard work and he had to make a lot of big saves. We just tried to wear them down in the third."

The Devils outshot the Red Wings 9-5 in the third period and 38-29 in the game.

"I didn't think our second period was good enough," Blashill said. "If you look at our periods, I thought the second was our worst period. Parts of it were good, I guess, but the third we have to do a better job managing the puck.

"We had lot of turnovers on film coming into the game and we had too many turnovers [Friday]. I thought once it went 2-1 we did a real nice job of managing it, and then we ended up taking a penalty."

The Red Wings had a 2-0 lead when Tatar scored a power-play goal 16:02 into the second period. Howard made the play possible when he stopped Mike Cammalleri's shorthanded shot from the slot six seconds earlier. Howard would deny Cammalleri on three consecutive snap shots from between the circles with the Devils on a power play late in the second. Cammalleri finished the game with six shots on goal.

Nyquist scored his third goal in five games on a power play 8:51 into the second. O'Neill was called for slashing, and 11 seconds later Nyquist redirected a pass by Henrik Zetterberg from the slot that hit the right post and then the back support inside the net to give the Red Wings a 1-0 lead.

The Devils play at the New York Islanders at Barclays Center on Sunday. The Red Wings begin a four-game homestand against the Buffalo Sabres on Monday.

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