New Jersey Devils

Devils ‘humbled’ in ‘ugly’ loss to Penguins

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It all started so well for the New Jersey Devils. That statement could apply to either Tuesday’s game or their season in general. The Devils nearly set a franchise record when Dainius Zubrus scored just nine seconds into their contest against the Pittsburgh Penguins. They ultimately lost 8-3 tonight though.

New Jersey had a 3-1 lead in the second period, but the Penguins broke out with four unanswered goals before the end of the frame, including a run of three markers in just over six minutes. That led to Devils goaltender Cory Schneider being yanked.

Scott Clemmensen replaced him, but stopped just seven of 10 shots in the third.

“It was ugly,” Schneider told the Bergen Record. “It got away from us there in the second half of the game and I think it’s one you’ve just got to definitely learn from the mistakes and go over them, but I think you just sort of put it behind you and almost forget it even happened. Just move on to the next one. We’ve been a pretty good road team so far this year, but that was completely not a good one.”

Moving on to the next game is all the Devils can do, but it would be a more meaningful mantra if New Jersey wasn’t in the midst of a slump. The Devils got off to a 3-0-0 start this season, but they’ve lost five of their last six games.

“It’s humbling,” said Devils coach Pete DeBoer of their latest setback.

New Jersey is set to begin a three-game home stint on Thursday. The Devils will host Winnipeg, Columbus, and St. Louis.

Penguins chase Schneider with four unanswered goals

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The New Jersey Devils got off to a fast start tonight and while the Pittsburgh Penguins bounced back in the first period, New Jersey still took a 3-1 lead.

Then the floodgates opened and Devils goaltender Cory Schneider was the victim.

It started with a top-shelf goal from Evgeni Malkin while Pittsburgh had a 5-on-3 advantage:

The Penguins followed that up with three goals in just over six minutes courtesy of Patric Hornqvist, Craig Adams, and Sidney Crosby. Adams’ goal in particular was special given that it was just his 55th marker in 889 career games and he managed to beat Schneider on a breakaway:

Schneider only stopped 18 of 23 shots tonight. He was replaced by Scott Clemmensen for the third period, but the backup goaltender wasn’t able to keep the Penguins at bay either.

Video: Zubrus scores nine seconds into game vs. Pens

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The New Jersey Devils got off to a fast start as Dainius Zubrus beat Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury on the first shot of the night:

Zubrus was a mere second shy of the Devils’ record for the quickest goal to open a contest, according to The Record’s Tom Gulitti.

The Pittsburgh Penguins weren’t demoralized though. They ended up heavily out shooting the Devils early in the first period and got the equalizer from Blake Comeau at 7:17:

Goalie nods: Emery gets third straight for Flyers

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News and notes from around the crease…

Philly goes back to Sugar Ray

Ray Emery will make his third straight start tonight when the Flyers host the Kings at Wells Fargo. Emery’s streak of consecutive nods began last Wednesday in Pittsburgh, when he backstopped the Flyers to a 5-3 win, then continued on Saturday when he made 35 saves in a win over Detroit (in which Philly was badly out-shot, 37-17.)

On the year, Emery has a 2.60 GAA and .914 save percentage, superior numbers to those of the struggling Steve Mason (0-3-1, 3.83 GAA, .878 save percentage).

As for the Kings, they’ve yet to announce a starter but it sounds as though Jonathan Quick is likely.

Elsewhere…

Wild at Bruins: Niklas Backstrom for Minnesota, Tuukka Rask likely for Boston.

Jets at Isles: Ondrej Pavelec vs. Jaroslav Halak

Devils at Pens: Cory Schneider vs. Marc-Andre Fleury

Sens at Jackets: Robin Lehner vs. Curtis McElhinney

Coyotes at Lightning: Ben Bishop for Tampa Bay, Mike Smith likely for Arizona

Sabres at Leafs: Michal Neuvirth vs. Jonathan Bernier

Ducks at ‘Hawks: John Gibson vs. Scott Darling (read more here)

Blues at Stars: Brian Elliott vs. Kari Lehtonen

Sharks at Avs: Antti Niemi vs. Semyon Varlamov

Habs at Flames: Carey Price vs. Jonas Hiller

‘Canes at Canucks: Cam Ward vs. Ryan Miller

Devils’ leading goalscorer Cammalleri (jaw) out vs. Pens

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New Jersey will be without prized free agent acquisition Mike Cammalleri tonight when it takes on the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

Cammalleri, who leads the club with five goals in eight games, is sidelined with a jaw injury suffered during Friday’s shootout loss to Dallas, per NJ.com.

Despite the injury, Cammalleri played in Saturday’s 3-2 OT win over Ottawa, though he was largely a non-factor in just under 20 minutes of ice time, going scoreless while failing to record a shot on goal, blocked shot or hit.

The 32-year-old winger, who signed a five-year, $25 million deal with the Devils on the opening day of free agency, has been a really solid pickup thus far. Cammalleri had at least one point in New Jersey’s first five games of the season and currently sits second on the team in scoring, behind Adam Henrique (eight points).