Edmonton, AB (SportsNetwork.com) – Cory Schneider started his 20th straight
game and made 29 saves for his second shutout of the season, lifting the New
Jersey Devils to a 2-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.
Schneider surpassed Martin Brodeur for the longest start streak to open a
season in franchise history. Brodeur set the previous mark with 19 consecutive
starts from Oct. 6 to Nov. 2, 2001.
Adam Henrique and Tuomo Ruutu each scored and Eric Gelinas tallied two assists
for the Devils, who snapped a two-game skid.
Viktor Fasth made 24 saves for the Oilers, who lost their fifth in a row.
Edmonton received more bad news in the loss as forward Benoit Pouliot suffered
a broken foot while blocking Marek Zidlicky’s shot during the second period.
After a scoreless opening stanza, Steve Bernier hit Henrique with a stretch
pass through the neutral zone, and Henrique lit the lamp with a wrister
through the pads of Fasth off a breakaway 10:39 into the second.
Ruutu increased the Devils’ lead to 2-0 with a wrister over the shoulder of
Fasth and into the top right corner of the net with five minutes to play in
the middle frame.
The Oilers pulled Fasth with over a minute left, but were unable to get on
Schneider stopped 13 shots during the final stanza to keep his shutout intact.
Schneider registered his 14th career shutout … Brodeur holds New Jersey’s
record for consecutive starts with 44 during the 1995-96 season … Oilers
forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins played in his 200th NHL game … The Devils have
not allowed a power-play goal in five consecutive games … Forward Dainius
Zubrus played in his 500th game with the Devils.