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Schneider gets first win of season for Devils against Red Wings

Makes 27 saves to help New Jersey to third straight victory

by Dave Hogg / Independent Correspondent

Gusev scores PPG from slot

NJD@DET: Gusev nets wrist shot for Devils' third PPG

Nikita Gusev gets a pass from Pavel Zacha and scores a power-play goal from the slot, the Devils' third of the game, to extend the lead to 4-1

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DETROIT -- Cory Schneider made 27 saves in his first win of the season, and the New Jersey Devils defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 at Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday.

Schneider was 0-7-2 in his previous 11 games since making 45 saves in a 3-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres on March 25, 2019. He made his first start since Jan. 18 after being recalled from Binghamton of the American Hockey League on Feb. 20. The Devils traded backup goalie Louie Domingue to the Vancouver Canucks on Monday before the NHL Trade Deadline.

"This feels great," Schneider said. "It's only one win, and I'd like to have a lot more of them, but there's a sense of relief. It's late in the season, but these wins are still important to us, to the group in the room and to our fans."


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The Devils (25-27-10) have won three straight and seven of 10. Jesper Bratt, Kyle Palmieri and Nikita Gusev scored power-play goals for the Devils, who were starting a five-game road trip.

"Everyone is really excited for Cory," Devils coach Alain Nasreddine said. "He made some big saves when we needed them, and you could see how hard the guys were fighting for him."

Detroit (15-46-4), which lost for the 17th time in 20 games, has 10 even-strength goals in its past 13 games. Jonathan Bernier made 27 saves.

"We've got to do a better job out there," Red Wings forward Frans Nielsen said. "We can't give up three power-play goals. We just have to execute."

The Red Wings were playing one day after forward Andreas Athanasiou was traded to the Edmonton Oilers; defenseman Mike Green was traded to the Oilers on Sunday.

"I thought we looked like a team that just had two players traded away," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "I don't think our focus was very good. We have to be a lot better going forward."

Joey Anderson gave the Devils a 1-0 lead at 1:15 of the first period, knocking his own rebound past Bernier. 

Video: NJD@DET: Anderson follows up own rebound with goal

"Joey plays a really simple game," Nasreddine said. "He plays north-south and he's good using his body for leverage. He does all the little things and now he's getting more of an opportunity."

Dakota Mermis had an assist for his first NHL point.

"This has been a long time coming," said Mermis, who was playing in his 13th NHL game, spread over the last three seasons. "I've prepared for this, and I believe in my ability to play as an NHL defenseman, but now it is my job to show that."

Bratt made it 2-0 at 6:04 of the second period, putting in a loose puck for a power-play goal, and Dylan Larkin was called for delay of game at 6:53.

Seconds before that power play ended, Palmieri tipped in a Jack Hughes pass at 8:51 for his 23rd goal and a 3-0 lead.

"We were moving the puck well on the power play and we got them out of position," Hughes said. "I saw [Palmieri] get open and I was able to get him the puck."

Video: NJD@DET: Palmieri directs Hughes shot home for PPG

Schneider made a tough save on a Tyler Bertuzzi tip at 11:00, and the Red Wings couldn't convert on two power plays.

"We weren't good enough at five-on-five or specialty teams," Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader said. "We've got to be way better, especially here at home."

Valtteri Filppula pulled the Red Wings within 3-1 at 9:40 of the third period, tapping home Bertuzzi's pass for a power-play goal.

Gusev scored New Jersey's third power-play goal at 13:40 to give the Devils a 4-1 lead.

Red Wings forward Robby Fabbri left the game in the third period after a collision with Jack Hughes. Hughes was called for tripping, leading to Detroit's only goal.


They said it

"Our defensive game was pretty solid for the most part, and I really like the way we played as a team and battled in front of Cory. That was my biggest takeaway from the game. Cory was really solid and early on, we did a really good job of keeping everything to the sides so his first couple saves weren't grade-A chances from the slot." -- Devils coach Alain Nasreddine

"I don't know why we didn't come out and execute in the first period. We spotted them a goal and we never found a rhythm on the penalty kill. It's especially disappointing after we didn't show up for this one after our two performances in New Jersey this season." -- Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin after the Red Wings were outscored 13-3 in three losses to New Jersey this season


Need to know

The Devils last scored three power-play goals against the Red Wings in a 5-4 loss on Dec. 19, 1997. … Cory Goloubef, playing as a seventh defenseman in his Red Wings debut, had one shot on goal and four hits in 14:40.


What's next

Devils: At the San Jose Sharks on Thursday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, MSG, NHL.TV)

Red Wings: Host the Minnesota Wild on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-D, FS-N, FS-WI, NHL.TV)

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