2020 is almost here, and the New Jersey Devils are hoping their bad seasons could end with a new decade. A new decade could show signs of a team changing, and the New Jersey Devils could be one of them. Once the Devils fix their issues with a new head coach and find a way to play better as a team, we could see a whole new Devils team this next decade. Let’s take these last couple of days of the decade to look at the top 10 best wins for the New Jersey Devils in this decade. This is a very special win that Cory Schneider will never forget.
How Did the Devils Fare in Regulation?
This next game took place on February 15th, 2019, where the Devils were in Minnesota, playing the Wild. In goal that night for the Devils was Keith Kinkaid. In the 1st period, a Damon Severson penalty for cross-checking leads to a PPG by Brad Hunt to put the Wild up 1-0. Then 3 minutes 48 seconds later, the Wild scored again, this time by Joel Eriksson Ek, to make it 2-0. In the second period, the Devils got back in the game with a Marcus Johansson goal 26 seconds in. However, the Wild then put two right back to make the score 4-1, with goals coming from Nick Seeler, and Mikael Granlund. Those would be the final goals for the Wild in this game.
Head Coach John Hynes decided to put in Cory Schnieder for the rest of the game after that goal. The Devils then seemed to get a goal when Travis Zajac, tipped a shot from Damon Severson. The goal was then overturned from Zajac’s high stick. The call, however, did not matter because late in the 2nd period, Will Butcher scored to close the lead to 2.
In the 3rd period, Nick Seeler went to the box for a high stick. That lead to a Kyle Palmieri PPG to cut the lead to 1. With 2:45 left in the game, former Devil Ben Lovejoy takes a slap shot that goes in past Devan Dubnyk to tie the game at 4.
What Happened in Overtime?
The game then went into overtime, where the Devils put the finishing blow to the Wild. Devan Dubnyk attempted to clear the puck behind him which Kyle Palmieri took the puck and passed it to Nico Hischier who buried it past Devan Dubnyk to give the Devils the win. Before we look at why this game was spectacular, let’s compare this game to the last article I did.
How Was This Game Similar to the Vegas Game?
Just like the Vegas game, there are constant similarities, for the Devils in both games. First, both opponents took a big lead scoring goals in the 1st and 2nd periods. Second, John Hynes removed both goalies after disastrous starts and replaced them with each other. Third, both games saw a Devils comeback down 3 goals. Finally, both games ended with a Nico Hischier overtime winner. However, this one was more special simply for Cory Schneider and here’s why.
Why Was This Game Important for Cory Schneider?
This game was very important for Cory Schneider for one reason. While he came into the game after Keith Kinkaid, this win was so special to Schneider. This win came a year and A half after Schneider’s previous win on December 27, 2017, vs the Detroit Red Wings by a score of 3-1. Throughout that year and a half, Schneider wasn’t able to secure one victory. After Hischier’s goal, you can see the reaction on his face, knowing that he finally solved the biggest issue the goalie dealt with. Schneider fights as hard as he can to become a goalie who wants to win games. This win gave him so much joy, and that must feel good to get a big issue off of you.
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