Devils coach John Hynes offered goalie Cory Schneider a challenge. Prior to Friday night, the Devils split their two goalies, Schneider and Keith Kinkaid, in all seven sets of back-to-back games this season. Hynes gave Schneider the net for the second straight night on Friday, and it paid off in a 5-2 win at the Prudential Center in Newark, where the Devils net minder saved 28 of the 30 shots he faced. "We knew coming into the game that 35 probably had to be our best player," Hynes said. "Coming in off a back-to-back off a rested team, you need a goaltending performance. It's something we challenged him a little bit on. When you look at the back-to-backs, (Rangers goalie Henrik) Lundqvist played back-to-back against Washington and then us, and beat us. That's what we need. We need him to be our guy." Schneider was ready from the word go, and he came up with several big stops over the course of the night. He stuffed two dangerous shots at the left post during a 5-on-3 power play for the Stars early in the third period to protect a one-goal lead, and he made a ridiculous diving glove save late in the game after they pulled goalie Kari Lehtonen. The Devils' veteran goalie was sharp on Thursday despite taking a 2-1 overtime loss to Montreal, and he took the challenge of putting the Devils in a position to win with key forwards Taylor Hall, Kyle Palmieri and Marcus Johansson out with injuries again on Friday.
How Cory Schneider answered Devils' challenge
Newark Star-Ledger | Dec 16