There was never any malice in Cory Schneider’s mid-week comments that the Devils’ goaltending situation felt like the movie “Groundhog Day” because Martin Brodeur was given three consecutive starts. Schneider had been frustrated the past few seasons with the Vancouver Canucks when he struggled to get enough playing time behind Roberto Luongo. He wondered if he was dealing with the same kind of situation in a Devils jersey. So there was undoubtedly enormous pressure on Schneider to come through when he was given his first start in eight days. “It wasn’t my intention to sort of make it something that I was demanding anything. It was just my competitiveness coming out,” Schneider insisted. “You always put a little bit of pressure on yourself to be your best and to win. But it is nice to get a W and hopefully start a streak here.” Maybe his luck has changed. Schneider only had to stop 16 shots and the Devils scored four goals in the third period, twice as many as they’ve scored in any period this season, in a 5-2 come-from-behind victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Friday night at PNC Arena. Coach Pete DeBoer said he could not be happier for Schneider as the Devils snapped a three-game losing streak. “Really pleased. He finally got some support,” DeBoer said. “He spoke about Groundhog Day. It seemed at the end of two (periods) it was going to be Groundhog Day for him again as far as only getting one goal. “The guys have been working. They know they haven’t put the puck in the back of the net when he’s been in. I think everyone feels good about being able to get him some goals.” The Devils trailed, 2-1, well into the third period when Andrei Loktionov scored his first goal in 17 games. Loktionov’s shot from the top of the slot went through goalie Cam Ward’s pads at 8:43 to tie the score, 2-2. “You never expect four goals in a period. It was great,” Schneider said. “We had a great response. Give our guys all the credit in the world. The first and third might’ve been two of the most complete periods we played all year. We didn’t give up. We didn’t get frustrated. Part of me had a feeling we were going to tie it up and get the win. Fortunately we did.” The go-ahead goal came at 12:02 with the Devils on a power play. Adam Henrique won the faceoff in the circle to Ward's right. Eric Gelinas fired a slap shot that was stopped, but Henrique reached out with one hand to score his sixth goal of the season.
Devils score four third-period goals, rally for 5-2 win over Carolina
Newark Star-Ledger | Nov 30