Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Devils' Losing Streak Hits 3 after Home Loss

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Devils' Losing Streak Hits 3 after Home Loss

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NEWARK – The Devils just can't beat the Blues.

The Blues overcame a one-goal deficit late in the second period and stifled the Devils' power play for a 3-1 win on Tuesday night at Prudential Center, extending the Devils' losing streak to a season-high three games.

The Devils (9-4-1) opened a three-game homestand after returning from a 1-1-1 road trip to Western Canada, including Sunday night's 5-4 shootout loss at Calgary and a 6-3 defeat at Edmonton two nights earlier.

Still missing top-six wings Marcus Johansson (concussion) and Kyle Palmieri (injured reserve/left foot), the Devils played a smart game against the potent Blues (12-3-1) but after a strong start in the first period were unable to generate enough shots on net or traffic on Blues goalie Jake Allen (21 saves). Cory Schneider stopped 36 shots for the Devils. It marked the seventh straight game the Devils have been outshot.

The Devils have now lost eight straight to the Blues, with an aggregate score of 26-9. In the four losses the previous two seasons, the Blues outscored the Devils, 16-5.

Overall, the Devils are 1-10-1 against the Blues since March 20, 2010 and their last win in the series was a 7-1 victory at The Rock on Jan. 21, 2014.

The Blues went ahead 2-1 just 32 seconds into the third period on Jaden Schwartz's power-play goal off Vladimir Tarasenko's cross-ice feed. Blake Coleman had been called for high sticking Joel Edmundson with 9.6 seconds left in the second period.

Schwartz just missed a second power-play goal – this time with Steven Santini off for tripping Tarasenko as he raced to the crease – as he ripped a slap shot off the crossbar at 4:49.

The Devils, with a crucial penalty killing effort, held the Blues to just one shot on net in those two minutes and then got their own chance to tie the game on the power play when the Blues were caught with too many men at 7:10.

But they, too, were held to one shot, though Pavel Zacha just missed a chance at the side of the net. …

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