Three Stars: 1. Cory Schneider 2. Steve Bernier 3. Jhonas Enroth
New Jersey won its second straight game and is now 11-7-2=24pts in its last 20 games after going winless in its first seven (0-4-3=3pts).
Tonight marked the 14th time in Devils’ history that the team has gone into overtime tied 0-0. New Jersey has won 7 (5 OT, 2 SO), lost four in OT/1 SO, and tied twice.
The Devils out shot the Sabres 24-15 tonight, and allowed a season-low (tie) three shots on goal in the first period and third periods.
The Devils were 3/3 on the penalty-kill, are 16/16 over the past six games and are are 19/20 over their last seven home games. New Jersey owns the league’s best penalty-killing record at home (32/34, 94.1%) and is second overall (78/89. 87.6%) behind Vancouver (81/92, 88.0%).
New Jersey has won three straight overtime decisions and improved to 4-5 in overtimes/shootouts this season.
The Devils completed their seventh of 22 sets of back-to-back games. New Jersey is now 3-3-1 in first games and 3-3-1 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
Cory Schneider (15 saves) recorded his second shutout of the season and the 11th of his NHL career. He has won his last three starts and is 3-1-1 with a 0.97 goals-against average and .957 save-percentage in his last five starts since November 8. Schneider is fifth in the NHL with a 1.72 GAA this season.
The Devils have scored just 18 goals in Schneider’s 12 starts this season (1.5 goals/game).
Steve Bernier scored his first career overtime goal. It was his second of the season/first since October 17 at Ottawa.
Andy Greene had the primary assist and now has points in a team season-high (tie, Jaromir Jagr) five straight games (1g-5a-6pts). He has 2g-8a-10pts in his last 12 games & 3g-10a-13pts on the season, which is ties Marek Zidlicky (3g-10a-13pts) for the team-lead among defensemen.
Adam Henrique also assisted on the goal, and now has points in back-to-back games (1g-1a-2pts).
Ryan Carter (lacerations) left the game in the first period and did not return.