Schneider makes 34 saves, Devils shut out Ducks
Zacha scores two goals, New Jersey extends point streak to six gamesby Dan Arritt / NHL.com Independent Correspondent
ANAHEIM -- Cory Schneider made 34 saves and the New Jersey Devils extended their point streak to six games with a 3-0 win against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Sunday.
It was Schneider's first shutout since Feb. 21, 2019. He played his third NHL game since returning from Binghamton of the American Hockey League on Feb. 20.
Schneider was 0-4-1 with a 4.59 goals-against average and an .852 save percentage when he was placed on waivers and then sent to Binghamton on Nov. 18. He got the start after Mackenzie Blackwood played in a 2-1 overtime loss at the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.
"My teammates did their job tonight," Schneider said. "For me, it's just about doing my job. The game felt good tonight in terms of my performance and how I felt."
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Pavel Zacha scored two power-play goals for the Devils (26-27-12), who are 4-0-2 in their past six games to match their longest point streak of the season.
Video: NJD@ANA: Zacha buries Bratt's feed for PPG
John Gibson made 31 saves for the Ducks (26-31-8), who failed to win three in a row for the first time since the first three games of the season.
"Our [penalty kill] didn't get the job done," Ducks forward Carter Rowney said. "We didn't score any goals either to stay in the fight."
Zacha gave New Jersey a 1-0 lead at 17:06 of the first period. Ducks forward Sonny Milano was in the penalty box for tripping Miles Wood when Jesper Bratt passed the puck from the goal line to Zacha on the opposite side for a one-timer.
"We could've had a little better of a start," Anaheim coach Dallas Eakins said. "Keeping the puck out of our net on the penalty kill was a problem tonight."
Rowney was in the penalty box for holding center Nico Hischier when the Devils took a 2-0 lead at 3:48 of the second period on another pass by Bratt to Zacha for a one-timer from the left face-off circle.
"They've got such good chemistry together, and you see them out there producing," Hischier said of Bratt and Zacha. "They're playing with a lot of swagger and it's just fun to watch them. They've got to keep it going. They push the team the way they play."
Schneider made 16 saves in the second period. The Ducks had two breakaways, but Rickard Rakell shot wide at 6:21 and Schneider saved Ryan Getzlaf's attempt at 16:51.
"Up 2-0 late in the second, to make that save and keep it there going into the third, I think it's big for momentum and big for our room here, just to have that confidence," Schneider said. "It's fun to play that role and make important saves again and contribute to a game like that."
Shortly after the Devils killed back-to-back power plays, Hischier redirected Connor Carrick's shot at 13:56 of the third period for the 3-0 final.
"That third goal was huge after killing those penalties," Schneider said.
Video: NJD@ANA: Zacha nets second PPG of the game
They said it
"You're in turmoil for a bit, not knowing who's going to stay or who's going to go (at the NHL Trade Deadline). I think we've done a good job just hunkering down with the group we have. Understand this is it; there are no reinforcements coming. It's us, and we're going to sink or swim with each other." -- Devils goalie Cory Schneider
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"We just didn't get bodies in front of [Schneider]. He was doing a good job at seeing the puck, but we definitely had our chances. We've got to find a way to find the back of the net." -- Ducks forward Carter Rowney
Need to know
Schneider got his first NHL shutout in Anaheim, a 3-0 win on March 6, 2011. ... Devils forward Nikita Gusev assisted on Zacha's second goal to extend his point streak to a season-high six games (two goals, seven assists). ... Bratt, who had two assists, has eight points (four goals, four assists) in the past seven games. ... Devils defenseman Josh Jacobs made his season debut and played his second NHL game. Jacobs, who was recalled from Binghamton on Monday, had two shots on goal and two blocked shots in 17:12. ... The Ducks recalled goalie Anthony Stolarz and defenseman Jani Hakanpaa from San Diego of the AHL. Stolarz backed up Gibson because Ryan Miller (flu) was unavailable. Hakanpaa was a healthy scratch. ... Forward David Backes made his Ducks debut and played 11:44 while centering the fourth line. Backes, who was acquired from the Boston Bruins on Feb. 21 for forward Ondrej Kase, had not played since Jan. 9.
Devils: At the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; ATTSN-RM, MSG+, NHL.TV)
Ducks: At the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday (8:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCH, FS-W, NHL.TV)