Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Devs Can't Score for Cory

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Devs Can't Score for Cory

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NEWARK -- Cory Schneider talked Thursday about approaching his start Friday night against the Los Angeles Kings as, "Maybe you have to pitch a shutout to win."

The Devils goaltender couldn't do it, though, and came up short again in a 2-0 loss at Prudential Center.

Dwight King's deflection goal with 6:52 remaining broke a scoreless tie and the Devils couldn't find a way to get one past Kings backup goaltender Ben Scrivens, who made 26 saves to post his second shutout of the season and fourth of his career. Anze Kopitar's empty-net goal with 2.9 seconds left clinched it for the Kings.

Schneider finished with 19 saves.

The Devils have been shut out in four of Schneider's nine starts this season and five times in 19 games overall. Over the last 11 periods and two full overtimes that Schneider has played, the Devils have scored just one goal. That came with 4:45 left in the third period of a 2-1 shootout loss in Toronto eight days ago.

Schneider's only win remains a 4-0 victory over the Rangers on Oct. 19.

In the first meeting between the teams since the Kings beat the Devils in the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals, neither team was able to muster much offensively.

King deflected defenseman Jake Muzzin's left point wrist shot past Schneider for his sixth goal of the season. It was the Devils' first regulation loss in their last five games (3-1-1) and kept them from reaching NHL .500 for the first time this season as they fell to 6-8-5.

Schneider got the start Friday, but the Devils will turn back to Martin Brodeur, who is 5-1-0 in his past six starts, for tonight's game against Pittsburgh.

Although Schneider entered the night with a 1-4-3 record, Devils coach Pete DeBoer said that's not indicative of how he's played. Schneider's had a 2.09 goals-against average and .915 save percentage, which should have been good enough to produce more than one win, but the Devils haven't given him a lot of offensive support. Over his previous four starts, they'd scored only four goals and have just one goal in his past two starts. …

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