Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Frustrated, Devils' Skid Reaches Four

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Frustrated, Devils' Skid Reaches Four

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - That the Devils even had a chance to steal a point or maybe two Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena was due mostly to the goaltending of Cory Schneider.

So, Schneider was understandably frustrated after two late goals in the final 201 seconds doomed the Devils to a 3-1 loss to the Nashville Predators.

Colin Wilson snapped a 1-1 tie with 3:21 left in regulation and Craig Smith added an insurance goal with 2:21 left as the Devils lost their fourth in a row and came home empty-handed from a tough two-game trip to Chicago and Nashville despite being in both games in the third period.

"Tough road trip," Schneider said after a 35-save performance. "Everyone's been talking about how hard it was going to be and I thought we did enough to get points whether it was one or two or even four. We were in position to possibly win both games, so to come out of it with zero, it [stinks], it's disappointing. We worked hard. You work hard in two games in 27 hours and you come away with nothing to show for it. It's like you might as well not have shown up.

"Not to say that we didn't, but that's just the feeling you get. You put all the effort in and you get nothing to show for it."

The Devils, who remain 12 points out of playoff spot, knew they were in for a difficult challenge against two of the best teams in the league on this trip. They led 1-0 after two periods Friday night in Chicago, but unraveled early in the third and lost 3-1.

They were in danger of being blown out by the first-overall Predators on Saturday night, being outshot 20-3, but Schneider helped them escape the period trailing only 1-0.

"In that first, he was unbelievable," defenseman Andy Greene said of Schneider. "He's been like that for quite some time now. He's been playing unbelievable. It's just too bad we don't reward him with a better start there and, obviously, a better finish. …

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