NEWARK, N.J. (AP) John Moore scored a power-play goal 1:47 into overtime to give the New Jersey Devils a 3-2 victory over the NHL-leading Dallas Stars on Saturday night.
The Devils prevailed despite the absence of Mike Cammalleri, their leading scorer. He was scratched before the game, and the team did not provide a medical update.
Palmieri broke a scoreless tie 62 seconds into the middle period with a power move. He picked up the puck off the boards behind the Dallas net and skated to the slot to whip a backhander by Niemi for his team-leading 17th goal.
Farnham doubled the Devils’ lead exactly 5 minutes later with a rising shot from the right dot.
Not surprisingly, the Stars came out flying to start the third. Schneider fought them off, stopping Cody Eakin‘s point-blank drive.
Momentum swung both ways in the scoreless first period.
The Stars had the early jump with a 6-1 edge in shots. After that, the Devils had eight of the next 10.
Niemi was challenged several times, including a sharp glove save on David Schlemko when he walked right into the Stars zone for a dead-on shot.
Dallas had tremendous zone pressure late in the period when Schlemko picked up a delay of game penalty. The Stars buzzed but could not get off a shot on Schneider.
NOTES: This was the start of a three-game road trip for the Stars through the New York area. They play the Islanders on Sunday and the Rangers on Tuesday. . In addition to Cammalleri, the Devils scratched LW Tuomo Ruutu and D Eric Gelinas. Dallas scratched defensemen Jamie Oleksiak and Patrik Nemeth, and RW Valeri Nichushkin.