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Devils send Oilers to fifth consecutive loss

by Derek Van Diest

EDMONTON -- New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider isn't showing any effects from his big workload.

Schneider stopped all 29 shots he faced in his 20th consecutive start, leading the Devils to a 2-0 victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday. Schneider earned his second shutout of the season and 14th of his NHL career.

"It was a big game, we weren't real happy with our last game and we had lost two in a row and we had to stop that [streak]," Schneider said. "This is going to be a big road trip for us and to get even so far on the trip is important for us.

"They're a dangerous team. We know they've been struggling a little bit too. We knew we were going to get a good effort from them and they pushed hard, especially in the third period. I thought we did a great job of bending and not breaking and then battling back."

Schneider set a franchise record for most consecutive starts from the beginning of the season. Martin Brodeur started the first 19 games of the 2001-02 season.

The game against Edmonton was the second of a four-game Western Canada road trip for the Devils. The trip began with a 3-1 loss at the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.

Adam Henrique and Tuomo Ruutu scored in the second period for New Jersey (9-9-2), which had lost two in a row and has three wins in its past nine games.

Goaltender Viktor Fasth stopped 24 shots for Edmonton (6-12-2), which has lost five in a row for the second time this season.

"We had a good effort tonight across the board, I particularly liked our second period," Devils coach Peter DeBoer said. "I thought we got through the first period, but I thought our second period we started playing like we really needed to play. We're grinding, we played hard in their end, we didn't give them much and that has to be our game."

Henrique opened the scoring at 10:39 of the second period, taking a pass from forward Steve Bernier and splitting the defense pairing of Justin Schultz and Andrew Ference. Henrique went in and slid a shot through the pads of Fasth, who was making his first start in four games. ??????

"They are a team that sits back and they wait and they wait and it is usually a low-scoring affair," Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said. "They wait for you to turn a puck over and they usually shove it right where the sun doesn't shine. That's what they did. We had a costly turnover that they turned into a goal and that was all they needed."

Ruutu extended the lead at 15:07 when he collected the puck in the left circle and snapped a bad-angled shot over Fasth's shoulder for his fourth goal of the season. ??????

The Oilers had several scoring chances in the third period and controlled the puck for most of the final 3:30 after pulling Fasth for an extra attacker. But Schneider turned aside all 13 shots he faced to complete the shutout.

"The problem with our group right now is that we can't seem to get the full 60 [minutes] and you need the full 60," Eakins said. "You can't just have a good start or a good second and a third after a bad start. It has to be the full 60 minutes.

"We have guys in our lineup like Matt Hendricks and Boyd Gordon, they have a ton of will. They are going to go to the tough places, it is in their DNA. We have other guys that we are pushing to go there, and they will go there sometimes, but we need them to go there every time."

Oilers right wing Nail Yakupov left the game briefly in the third period after taking a high stick from Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky, who was assessed a double minor for high sticking. The Oilers were unable to score during the four-minute power play. Yakupov was able to return later in the period.

Edmonton lost forward Benoit Pouliot in the second period when he sustained a broken foot after blocking a shot. He will be out indefinitely for the Oilers, who have two wins in their past 11 games.

"It's the turnovers, it's 3-on-1s and breakaways and jumping up in the play for no reason," forward David Perron said. "They are a team that only needs one goal, they have been doing that for years and had success. I don't know why we couldn't tighten it up. Something has to change. When you are making those mistakes, something needs to happen. They are the same mistakes we were doing last year. We keep talking about how much better we are this year, but for me it is the same record now that we had last year. It is not better. It is pretty frustrating."

This was the first half of a back-to-back for both teams. New Jersey continues its four-game Western Canada road trip against the Calgary Flames. The Oilers stay home and host the Chicago Blackhawks.

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