Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Palmieri Helps Devils Clean Up Sloppy Game

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Palmieri Helps Devils Clean Up Sloppy Game

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NEWARK -- In the end, the Devils' persistence paid off.

They prevailed in a sloppy, penalty-filled game, pulling out a 4- 3 victory Sunday over the Vancouver Canucks on Kyle Palmieri's goal with 1:27 left in overtime.

After failing to convert on four power plays earlier in the game, including a 5-on-3 for 1:33 in the second period, the Devils got another chance on Dan Hanhuis interference penalty 2:46 into the 3- on-3 overtime. Mike Cammalleri then set up Palmieri for the winner.

Cammalleri faked a shot from the high slot before feeding Palmieri in the bottom of the right circle for the shot past goaltender Ryan Miller.

"Cammy made a great play," Palmieri said. "I think their team knows that he's a shooter and he pumped and froze everybody and all I did was put it in the empty net."

The Devils have now won four of their last five games and are 8- 2-1 in their last 11 following an 0-3-0 start.

They acknowledged they didn't play their best against the Canucks, allowing a 3-1 second period lead to slip away, but still found a way to win.

"I was really proud of the fact that we had to battle through tonight," Devils coach John Hynes said. "It wasn't the cleanest game. It was a very competitive game. I think Vancouver played real well early. We were able to just stick with it and get better as the game went on. I think tonight would be characterized as a strong character win."

Devils backup Keith Kinkaid made his first start since a 3-1 loss to Nashville on Oct. 13. Cory Schneider, the former Canuck, had started 10 consecutive games since then, going 7-2-1. Hynes said he thought Sunday was the right time to play Kinkaid, "Just because of the way the schedule is set up" with games coming up at home Tuesday against St. Louis, Thursday in Chicago and Saturday at home against Pittsburgh.

Kinkaid would finish with 28 saves in earning his first win of the season (1-2-0). …

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