Cory Schneider earned his third shutout of the season and former Star Michael Ryder scored his team-leading 15th goal as the New Jersey Devils snapped a three-game winless streak with a 1-0 victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night.
Schneider finished with 26 saves in his first victory since Dec. 28 against the New York Islanders. Schneider’s previous shutout was a 1-0 victory against Buffalo on Nov. 30.
Despite stellar goaltending by Kari Lehtonen, who made 33 saves, Dallas dropped its fourth straight.
Ryder connected at 8:17 of the second period on a pass from Travis Zajac. Ryane Clowe sent the puck behind the net and Zajac held on until he could slip it to Ryder for his shot from the edge of the right circle that beat Lehtonen to his stick side.
Ryder nearly struck again at the 10:36 mark of the second when he intercepted a pass and skated in for an uncontested shot that Lehtonen saved.
Earlier in the second, Eric Gelinas’ slap shot trickled behind Lehtonen and was inches from the line when Cody Eakin scooped it away with his stick for Dallas.
Dallas made a bid to tie the game when Ryan Garbutt took a shot that hit Schneider’s mask. Soon after, Stephen Gionta was charged with a double-minor for hitting Jamie Benn in the face with his stick. The Devils killed the four-minute power-play to keep its 1-0 lead entering the third.
The Stars didn’t get their first shot until 10:40 in the first period. That drought included a two-minute power play. The Devils held a 10-8 shot edge in the period.
Ryder’s shot from between the circles was thwarted by a nice reaction save by Lehtonen midway through the first.
Schneider made three saves in rapid succession to deny the Stars in the first period. Tyler Seguin skated down the left wing before trying to beat Schneider with a high shot. Seguin got a second chance on the rebound before Rich Peverley took his shot from in close that Schneider blocked.