On a night when the San Jose Sharks needed a win to keep pace with their division rivals, Devils goaltender Cory Schneider to hand New Jersey a 5-2 victory.
Schneider turned aside 34 of 36 shots, including 18 in the third period to earn his 16th victory of the season. Although the Devils ended up winning this one by a comfortable margin, Schneider had to defend in what was a tight contest for most of the night.
He was beaten early in the contest by Joe Pavelski as San Jose got on board first:
The Devils bounced back late in the period from a pair of unlikely sources though as Jordin Tootoo and Steve Bernier each found the back of the net. Sharks forward Matt Nieto tied the game early in the second frame before Mike Cammalleri netted what proved to be the game-winning goal:
Scott Gomez ended up with two assists against his former team, giving him 16 points in 23 games with New Jersey in 2014-15. Devils forward Jacob Josefson was playing for the first time since Dec. 27 and he only got 10:42 minutes on the ice, but he made the most of it with an assist and a shorthanded marker.
With this loss and Vancouver’s victory over Florida, San Jose has conceded second place in the Pacific Division. The Sharks also saw their edge on Calgary and Los Angeles shrink as the Flames earned a 2-1 overtime win against the Kings.
With the New Jersey Devils already leading 3-1, Patrik Elias setup Mike Cammalleri’s empty net goal giving him 1,000 career NHL points.
Elias becomes just the fifth Czech-born player to reach the 1,000 point mark. He is also the 82nd player in NHL history to reach the milestone.
Elias also had a goal in the win and setup Travis Zajac’s shorthanded marker.
Jordin Tootoo other Devils goal.
Mikhail Grigorenko had his first goal for the Sabres since Jan. 29, 2013.
Jaromir Jagr and the New Jersey Devils got a little revenge against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight. They also generated the first win under their odd new coaching regime, topping Pittsburgh 3-1.
Jagr scored the 711th goal of his NHL career, which ended up standing as the game-winner (Jagr’s record 126th GWG, by the way):
Also notable: Jagr made a dated pop culture reference to Robert Bortuzzo:
(Hey, give him a break, he’s 42.)
Jagr gave Jordin Tootoo plenty of credit for going after Bortuzzo.
The Penguins are now 0-3-1 in their last four games as a depleted lineup may be hitting the wall. The Devils have been dominant against the Penguins in Newark, really, so it might just come down to that.
Either way, Jagr & Co. got a measure of revenge while Pittsburgh might just want 2014 to end.
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Roberto Bortuzzo had to know that he’d need to keep his head up in his first game against the New Jersey Devils since his hit on Jaromir Jagr.
It turns out Jordin Tootoo was the Devil who tried to make him answer for it, and fittingly did so twice. Here’s video of both bouts via Hockey Fights:
Should that do the trick?
Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason left tonight’s game with the New Jersey Devils midway through the second period.
Gleason received a hit from Jordin Tootoo, the two then fought. It’s uncertain whether he was injured on the hit or the fight; however, the club announced soon after that he would not return.
The 31-year-old has a goal and four assists in 31 games this season while averaging over 16 minutes in ice time.