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Schneider, Cammalleri help Devils defeat Senators

by Chris Stevenson / NHL.com

OTTAWA -- Cory Schneider made 36 saves, and Mike Cammalleri scored twice to help the New Jersey Devils defeat the Ottawa Senators 3-0 at Canadian Tire Center on Wednesday.

The Devils (19-14-5), who won two games in a row for the first time since Nov. 12-14, moved into the second wild-card position in the Eastern Conference. They have 43 points, one more than the Senators (18-14-6).

It was Schneider's third shutout of the season and his 20th in the NHL. Lee Stempniak scored a shorthanded goal into an empty net with 15.6 seconds left.

"That was one of our keys coming into tonight was to get back-to-back [wins]," Schneider said. "To come on the road against a good team, a very good team, it feels good."

Schneider said he hoped this would be the beginning of a stretch that could propel the Devils up the standings.

"It seems like every team that makes the [Stanley Cup Playoffs] goes on a run at some point, an extended four-, five- or six-game winning streak or multiple three-, four-game winning streaks down the stretch here," he said. "If we want to put ourselves in a position to be in the playoffs towards the end of the year here, we have to start stringing these together."

The Devils will try to win three in a row when they host the Dallas Stars on Saturday. New Jersey's longest winning streak of the season is four games, from Oct. 18-24.

Andrew Hammond made 18 saves for the Senators, who lost their second game in a row and for the seventh time in their past 10 games (3-6-1).

Cammalleri scored his 13th and 14th goals of the season in the first period. His first came at 9:11 with the Devils on a power play and coming off a faceoff in their own zone.

The puck went back to Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson at the right point, but he mishandled the puck under pressure from Kyle Palmieri and Cammalleri broke away on a 2-on-1 with Palmieri. Skating down the left wing, Cammalleri held the puck and then scored on a shot to Hammond's short side.

Cammalleri put the Devils up 2-0 at 18:08 when he received a rolling puck from Travis Zajac at the top of the left-wing circle and his shot went in over Hammond's right shoulder.

"Obviously [Cammalleri's] known to be a good shooter, but it's one of those things you've got to find a way to make those saves," said Hammond, who lost his third start in a row. "Especially the way the game wore on. We weren't going to get much tonight the way their goalie was playing."

The Senators outshot the Devils 36-21, the fourth time in their past 15 games they have outshot an opponent.

The Devils did a good job of keeping the Senators away from Schneider for second-chance opportunities, and Ottawa was 0-for-4 on the power play.

"I thought we played real well," Senators coach Dave Cameron said. "Give Jersey credit. We made a couple of errors in the first period and they buried both of them.

"I thought after that we did a lot of good things, got a lot of good looks, got a lot of good chances. Their goalie played really well today."

The Devils defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Tuesday with two third-period goals.

"It's nice that when we do get into some of those struggles, we've always been able to find a way so far this year to bounce back and get ourselves a win," New Jersey coach John Hynes said, "and keep that consistent feeling of what it takes to win, which is really important."

Cammalleri said he wasn't attaching and significance to the Devils moving into a playoff spot.

"We'd like to get on a roll here. It was big for us to win two in a row. Three would feel a lot better than two," he said.

"We've been kind of flirting in and out of that (playoff spot) all year, so I don't know what that does or doesn't do. We'd like to really be proud of the way we can play our game, and hopefully that means some results for us on a consistent basis."

The Devils put forward Jacob Josefson on injured reserve and called up Mike Sislo from Albany of the American Hockey League. Sislo played 12:00 in his first game of the season.

Senators defenseman Fredrik Claesson made his NHL debut. He was called up from Binghamton with defenseman Michael Kostka. Claesson played 12:20 in place of Jared Cowen, who was a healthy scratch.

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