It was about time the Devils got a break on goaltender Cory Schneider’s behalf.
With the Devils’ goal production again slowing to a trickle, it looked like Schneider was going to get only one goal of offensive support again Saturday night. Then, a Marek Zidlicky slap shot deflected in off the top of Travis Zajac’s left shoulder with 6:57 left in regulation to snap a tie and propel the Devils to a 2-1 win over the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
It was a well-earned victory for Schneider, who made 30 saves to snap his personal five-game winless streak (0-3-2). The Devils climbed back to NHL .500 (16-16-8) and can close out the first half of their season – and 2013 – a game over the break-even mark if they can beat Pittsburgh on Tuesday afternoon.
“I think we needed this as a group,” Schneider said. “It’s a big two points for us. We’ve been stringing some points here together, which is nice, but we couldn’t settle for one. I think we needed the two. For me personally, I want to win. ...