Devils Post-Game – 1/30/14

New Jersey Devils 3 at Dallas Stars 2 (OT)

  • Attendance: 14,237
  • Three Stars: 1. Patrik Elias 2. Tyler Seguin 3. Travis Zajac

Game Notes

  • Tonight’s contest was the second of a three-game road trip, all vs. Western Conference opponents. The Devils are now 6-10-5=17pts vs. the West this season.
  • New Jersey snapped a two-game losing streak, has points in nine of its last 12 games (6-3-3=15pts) and in 16 of its last 22 contests (11-6-5=27pts).
  • The Devils improved to 5-1 in overtime on the road and to 7-3 overall.
  • New Jersey was 2/3 on the power play on Tuesday but is 8/20 (40.0%) with the man-advantage over the last six games. The Devils’ penalty-kill unit was 3/3 and is 23/25 (92.0%) over the last eight.
  • The Devils out-shot the Stars 24-16 on the night.
  • New Jersey will conclude its three-game road trip/close-out its 14th of 22 sets of back-to-back games tomorrow at Nashville (8:00 PM ET, MSG Plus, News Radio 880 WCBS). The Devils are now 5-6-3 in first games and 7-2-4 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
  • Cory Schneider (14 saves) made the start in goal, his eighth in the last 11 games. Schneider is now 6-2-2 with one shutout, a 1.33 goals-against average &  .949 save-percentage in his last 11 appearances.
  • Patrik Elias scored scored the 16th overtime goal of his career 0:40 into the extra session. He has passed Sergei Fedorov and Mats Sundin for sole-possession of second place in NHL history behind Jaromir Jagr (18 OTG). Elias also notched an assist and now has 3g-3a-6pts over the last five games. 
  • Travis Zajac also scored a power play goal, his ninth overall and second with the man-advantage. Zajac added an assist on Elias’ game-winner and now has 2g-4a-6pts in his last five games.
  • Jagr recorded two assists and now has 1,037 in his NHL career. Marcel Dionne is ninth with 1,040 assists.
  • Dainius Zubrus scored his tenth goal of the season at 10:59 of the first period to give the Devils a 1-0 lead.
  • Marek Zidlicky assisted on Zubrus’ goal, and now has 21 on the season, the most he’s had since 2009-10 (37).
  • Damien Brunner collected the primary assist on Zajac’s goal and now has 2g-2a-4pts in five games since being activated off Injured Reserve.
  • The Devils dressed seven defensemen tonight as Jon Merrill returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch for the last four games. Jacob Josefson DND after playing in the previous two games.

Statistics

Next Up

  • Tomorrow: vs. Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena (8:00 PM ET, MSG Plus, News Radio 880 WCBS).
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