02/17 21:01 CST Schneider makes 34 saves, wins again as Devils beat Sabres
Schneider makes 34 saves, wins again as Devils beat Sabres
By TOM CANAVAN
AP Sports Writer
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) --- After going more than 13 months between wins, Cory
Schneider is on a winning streak. So are the New Jersey Devils.
Schneider made 34 saves to pick up his second win in three days and Kyle
Palmieri had a goal and two assists as the Devils posted a 4-1 victory over the
slumping Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night.
"I strive to be consistent and obviously you know the past year hasn't really
been that at all," said Schneider, who struggled to regain his form after hip
problems that required offseason surgery. "But to get back to that and the guys
know what they're going to get every single night, that I'm going to give them
a chance to win is really important to me and I think to the team."
Schneider has been outstanding his past two games. He stopped 15 shots in
relief of Keith Kinkaid in an overtime win over Minnesota on Friday and was
nearly perfect against the Sabres, who have not had consecutive wins since the
start of the year.
"We found a way to claw back and get that win for him," Palmieri said of the
game against the Wild. "Hopefully this is the start of Cory Schneider of old
and he can keep growing that confidence and keep playing well because he plays
like he did the other night and tonight he'll give us great chances to win."
Miles Wood, Jesper Bratt and Joey Anderson also scored as the Devils won
consecutive games for the second time in 2019.
Sam Reinhart scored for the Sabres, whose wild-card playoff chances took a hit
with a second loss in three days. Carter Hutton made 20 saves as Buffalo fell
six points behind Pittsburgh in the race for the final wild-card spot.
"It doesn't make it easier with other teams winning, but we don't feel like we
are toast at all," Reinhart said. "It doesn't take much to turn around. We need
to bear down and start putting up more points. We are focused on getting back
and getting ready for the Panthers. It's another opportunity to put up points,
but it's tough to swallow."
After a scoreless first period, the Devils jumped to a 2-0 lead as Palmieri set
up on goals by Wood and Bratt.
Wood got the first one from right in front at 7:25 of the second with a quick
rush up the ice. He sent a pass to Travis Zajac who tipped it to Palmieri, who
found Wood coming down the middle of the ice for his sixth goal.
Bratt doubled the margin with 6:22 left in the period early in a power play. He
took a pass from Palmieri in the right circle and one-time a shot past Hutton
for his sixth goal.
The Sabres got back in the game with 56 seconds left in the second when
defenseman Zach Bogosian made a nifty, cross-ice pass to Reinhart for a shot
into an open net.
Palmieri iced the game with his team-high 26th goal. He broke in on the right
side and roofed a shot from the faceoff circle. Joey Anderson added a
short-handed, empty-net goal with 3:09 to play.
"In the third, we protected the lead well but stayed on the offense and Palms
scored a huge goal for us and the penalty kill with the empty net right away to
kind of put it away," Schneider said.
NOTES: Sabres C Casey Mittelstadt returned to the lineup after missing two
games with a lower-body injury. ... Devils captain Andy Greene left the ice in
the first period after being hit by the puck near his facial area. He returned
later in the period. ... Devils C Pavel Zacha missed his first game since early
November with an upper-body injury. ... New Jersey has a power-play goal in
five straight games.
Sabres: Start a Florida swing, playing the Panthers on Tuesday night and
Lightning on Thursday night.
Devils: Host Pittsburgh on Tuesday night, looking to sweep their four-game
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