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Cory Schneider, Devils silence Blue Jackets

Taylor Hall scores two goals; New Jersey wins sixth straight road game

by Craig Merz / Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- Cory Schneider made 31 saves, Taylor Hall scored twice, and the New Jersey Devils defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-1 at Nationwide Arena on Saturday.

Travis Zajac had a goal and an assist, Jacob Josefson and Seth Helgeson scored, and Adam Henrique had two assists for the Devils (22-21-10). New Jersey won its sixth straight road game and is 8-0-1 since Dec. 29.


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"Those first two periods, when we built up the lead, we were really fun to watch," Schneider said. "That's the team we can be and I know we can play that way."

Sergei Bobrovsky made 25 saves for Columbus (33-13-5). The Blue Jackets are 6-8-1 in their past 15 games since a 16-game winning streak.

"We're win one, lose a couple," coach John Tortorella said. "That's what our record is, a little below .500. It's not an easy league."

Video: NJD@CBJ: Helgeson tallies late for first career goal

Columbus had a goal overturned on a challenge by New Jersey coach John Hynes when it was determined that Boone Jenner's skate interfered with Schneider's pads 25 seconds into the third period when the score was 3-0.

"I went to push to go get to the post and I ran into something that knocked me back a little bit, knocked my leg back, and I wasn't able to get there," Schneider said.

Matt Calvert's shorthanded goal with 8:25 left in the third period made it 3-1 and ended Schneider's bid for his third shutout of the season. Calvert has eight goals, three shorthanded.

Hall scored his 13th into an empty net with 3:12 remaining for a 4-1 lead and Helgeson got his first NHL goal, in his 48th game, with 29 seconds left.

Hall made it 1-0 at 3:29 of the first period and Josefson scored at 1:49 of the second. It was his first goal of the season in his 26th game. Zajac made it 3-0 at 18:58 on the power play.

Video: NJD@CBJ: Zajac lifts home loose puck for PPG


Goal of the game

Hall was the recipient of a drop pass by Zajac on his first goal, then finished the play by deking Bobrovsky. It helped that Columbus defenseman Zach Werenski was without his stick and could not stop the pass to Hall.

Video: NJD@CBJ: Hall goes five-hole with slick backhand


Save of the game

With the Devils ahead 2-0 in the second period, Schneider stopped Cam Atkinson, who one-timed a pass from behind the net by Alexander Wennberg.

Video: NJD@CBJ: Schneider uses his body to deny Atkinson


Unsung performance of the game

New Jersey led 1-0 when Columbus, the top power play in the NHL, twice got the man-advantage, but the Devils allowed one shot on goal.

"It could have been a different story but our penalty killing came up huge," Schneider said.


Highlight of the game

Josefson's win back to Andy Greene led to the second goal. Josefson headed to the net and got his stick on the passing puck to make it bounce several times before eluding Bobrovsky.

Video: NJD@CBJ: Josefson deflects in Greene's wrister


They said it

"You get excited by the challenge of playing a team like Columbus. We know we have to play solid hockey this month to get points." -- Devils coach John Hynes


"The game can go either way there. You get a big goal on them like that and now they're clenching and maybe making mistakes." -- Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno on the momentum shift when Columbus' goal was overturned


Need to know

Henrique extended his point streak to four games (three goals, three assists). … New Jersey is 26th on the power play but has scored on three of the past five advantages. … The Blue Jackets made two changes from a 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday. Defenseman Markus Nutivaara replaced Dalton Prout. Nutivaara missed eight games with an undisclosed injury. Also, forward Josh Anderson was ill so Markus Hannikainen was recalled from Cleveland of the American Hockey League.


What's next

Devils: Host the Buffalo Sabres on Monday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, MSG-B, NHL.TV)

Blue Jackets: At the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-D, FS-O, NHL.TV)


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