Devils beat Wild, snap four-game skid

Newark, NJ ( – Mike Cammalleri scored the eventual game-
winning goal midway through the second period and the New Jersey Devils
snapped their losing steak with a 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

Tuomo Ruutu also potted a goal for the Devils, who ended a four-game skid
despite going 0-for-6 on the power play prior to Travis Zajac’s empty-netter
on a 5-on-4 situation.

Cory Schneider picked up the win with a 23-save performance, including several
acrobatic denials in the closing minutes.

Ryan Carter scored a short-handed goal and Darcy Kuemper made 20 saves in
Minnesota’s fourth straight setback.

Ruutu tipped in Seth Helgeson’s point shot 5:42 into the second period and
Cammalleri snapped in a rebound for his sixth goal of the season just over
four minutes later.

Schneider made a sprawling save on a Nate Prosser shot late in the middle
period, but the netminder committed a costly turnover early in the third.

Carter picked off Schneider’s clearing attempt at the boards and caught him
out of position with a quick shot. Schneider made a pad save, but
inadvertently directed it into the back of the net at the 5:24 mark.

The mistake was an afterthought after Schneider stuffed two Wild players on
the doorstep down the stretch. After doing the splits to make a save on Erik
Haula, Schneider closed his five-hole and secured a Kyle Brodziak redirection.

Zajac provided the sealing goal in the final minute.

Game Notes

The Devils had gone scoreless on the power play over their previous four games
(0-for-9) … Devils forward Jaromir Jagr recorded two assists … Wild
forward Zach Parise sat out for a third straight game due to a concussion …
The Wild were 3-0-1 in their previous four games against the Devils.