Cory Schneider played his heart out. The New Jersey Devils had no business being in this game the way they were.
They were outplayed in the first, but somehow came out with a one-goal lead. They were awful in the second, yet still managed to keep it tied. They played a much better third to help their goalie out a little bit, but could not put one past Roberto Luongo in the period. In overtime, they didn’t even get a good chance.
The Devils looked tired in this game after playing to a shootout the night before with the Edmonton Oilers. The line that had the most life was the one with the most age. Jaromir Jagr, Patrik Elias and Dainius Zubrus were the only saving grace of this game for the Devils. This line scored both goals for the team, one by Elias and one by Jagr. They were on the ice for all the Devils’ best scoring chances.
They played like a legit no. 1 line. They even almost scored as time expired to win it, with a flailing puck going just wide of the net. Unfortunately, they didn’t get enough from anyone behind them.
This Devils team has eluded their first win of the season once again. In four games, they have failed to get the extra point. On the bright side, they have three points in four losses, but they need to continuously get two points to take advantage of slow starts by the New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets.
It is a silver lining that these last two games were against Western Conference teams so it won’t hurt them in the long run that their opponent got two points. It is a very small silver lining.
Schneider stood on his head for the Devils tonight. He stopped 29 of 32 shots. He stopped a bunch of really good chances from the Vancouver Canucks. Two of the goals that he allowed were off of his defensemen. He saved Anton Volchenkov too many times. He made a ton of beautiful saves, as did Luongo. It was a heavyweight fight. Too bad for Devils fans, they ended up on the wrong end of the final score.
Schneider played great seeing how every single eye was on him in this game. Everyone wanted to see how he would play in his return. He answered the call. His teammates for the most part didn’t.
This team is starting to look better and better every game. Take out the second period, and there are some real positives to take from this game. Ignoring the tip in overtime, Marek Zidlicki is playing as good as any other Devils defensemen. This team is not a typical winless team. They are currently in fourth place in the division. They aren’t down in the depths of the division.
They come back and play on Friday night. They need a win just to get the monkey off their backs.