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Devils rally, defeat Maple Leafs in shootout

Auston Matthews scores twice for Toronto to end 13-game goal drought

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Jacob Josefson scored and goaltender Cory Schneider made three saves in a shootout to help the New Jersey Devils to a 5-4 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Prudential Center on Wednesday.

Josefson scored in the second round and Schneider stopped Auston Matthews, Mitchell Marner and Nikita Soshnikov.

"I tried to stay with them as much as I could [in the shootout] and force them to make perfect plays and was fortunate to get a piece of a couple of them," Schneider said.

 

WATCH: All Maple Leafs vs. Devils highlights

 

Michael Cammalleri had a goal, three assists and nine shots, Travis Zajac, Beau Bennett and Yohann Auvitu scored, and Schneider made 27 saves for the Devils (10-6-3), who trailed 3-0 in the first period.

New Jersey, which is 7-0-1 at home, last started a season without a regulation loss at home through eight games in 1990-91 (7-0-1). It is the only NHL team this season without a regulation home loss.

Video: TOR@NJD: Josefson nets SO winner with quick release

Matthews ended a 13-game goal drought with two goals and an assist for the Maple Leafs (8-8-4). Nazem Kadri and Matt Martin scored and Jhonas Enroth made 26 saves. Toronto has lost three straight and is 1-5-4 on the road this season.

Auvitu's second of the season 6:50 into the third period tied it 4-4. Martin had given the Maple Leafs a 4-3 lead when he scored his first of the season 9:26 into the second.

New Jersey scored three straight goals 5:30 into the second to tie it 3-3. 

Cammalleri, who returned to the lineup after missing the past six games for personal reasons, had a goal and two assists in the second. His fourth goal of the season on a wrist shot 5:30 into the period tied the game 3-3. Zajac scored 32 seconds into the second and Beau Bennett scored a power-play goal for his first of the season at 3:10 to pull the Devils within 3-2.

Video: TOR@NJD: Cammalleri finishes a rebound in front

Matthews scored twice in the first to help the Maple Leafs take a 3-0 lead.

"It was great to get the monkey off my back and now I just hope to keep it rolling," Matthews said. "I think we got too complacent as a team and kind of let our foot off the gas [in the second] and it's tough to do that in this League because the teams and players are too good."

He scored on a backhand at 10:33 for a 1-0 lead. Less than three minutes later, Matthews picked up a puck in the right-wing corner, skated to the right post and fed Kadri for a 2-0 lead at 13:31.

Matthews made it 3-0 on a wrist shot from the bottom of the left circle that beat Schneider just under the crossbar at 18:52.

Video: TOR@NJD: Matthews roofs his second goal of the game 

 

Goal of the game

Bennett's first goal of the season was scored with two seconds remaining on a power play, marking the first goal in the past 30 chances with the man-advantage for New Jersey. The Devils finished 1-for-3 on the power play.

Video: TOR@NJD: Bennett slams home a rebound for PPG

 

Saves of the game

With 16 seconds left in overtime, Marner broke down the right wing and took a wrist shot that was stopped by Schneider. Marner then knocked down Cammalleri with a hard check in the slot before sending another shot that was stopped.

Video: TOR@NJD: Schneider robs Marner twice in OT

 

Highlight of the game

Matthews got his first goal in the past 14 games 10:33 into the first period when he battled for position in the slot with Vernon Fiddler and scored his seventh of the season off his backhand.

Video: TOR@NJD: Matthews jams home a tough goal

 

Unsung moment of the game

Devils coach John Hynes promoted Nick Lappin from the fourth line to the top line with Zajac and Cammalleri to open the third period and was rewarded when the rookie set a perfect screen in front of Enroth on Auvitu's goal.

 

They said it

"In the end, it's playing the same way no matter what the score is. You can't give teams a chance to come back into it because we knew they would come out hard in the second period after that first period. Unfortunately we let some points slip away." -- Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk

 

"That was one of the best games I've seen [Cammalleri] play in a little while; it was even better than the game he scored his hat trick (in a 4-1 win at Carolina on Nov. 6). He was shooting, and making plays. We're glad he's back and everything is resolved for him personally. He's a big part of our lineup." -- Devils goalie Cory Schneider

 

Need to know

Enroth made his third start of the season and first since allowing three goals on 17 shots in 26:18 before being pulled in a 7-0 loss against the Los Angeles Kings on Nov. 8. ... Schneider allowed three goals in a period for the first time this season. ... The Devils are 1-for-32 on the power play in the past 10 games.

 

What's next

Maple Leafs: Host the Washington Capitals on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, CBC-DC+, NHL.TV)

Devils: Host the Detroit Red Wings on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET; MSG+, FS-D+, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Cammalleri, Devils defeat Maple Leafs in SO, 5-4

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