Devils' Cory Schneider wins his first game in more than a year


ST. PAUL, Minnesota – A goalie without a win in 21 previous decisions beat an All-Star Friday night.

Cory Schneider earned his first victory in nearly 14 months when Nico Hischier scored 3:19 in overtime, leading the New Jersey Devils to a wild 5-4 victory over Minnesota Wild.

Hischier, Marcus Johansson and Kyle Palmieri each scored goals and help for the Devils, who won for the second time in eight games. Will Butcher and Ben Lovejoy also scored.

"We have talked a lot about the situation when things are not going well and adversity strikes at the way we care about each other and that has shown tonight," Palmieri said. "It was our culture that came out and believed in each other."

Schneider made 15 saves for Keith Kinkaid, including three in overtime. He has allowed five goals Thursday in Chicago and a 0-17-4 record since his last win on December 27, 2017.

"Sometimes things go off in a strange way, but I was more excited by our team, just to show some courage and come back to win a tough match after a tough trip," Schneider said. "It was nice to see us rewarded as a group. For all those who know me, I am not too emotional in one way or another. I think everyone was more excited than me.

Nico Hischier celebrates after scoring the winning goal of the Devils' 5-4 victory over the Wild on Friday night.
Nico Hischier celebrates after scoring the winning goal.NHLI via Getty Images

In overtime, wild goalkeeper Wild Devan Dubnyk's striker behind the net was cashed by Palmieri. Dubnyk made a stop before Hischier struck in a loose puck to complete an unlikely comeback.

Dubnyk, who played his third all-star game last month, has allowed 10 goals in the last two games. Both losses were marked by a multi-goal lead for Minnesota.

"They're doing it, it's frustrating," he said. "We probably earned four points in the last two games and we only had one. I have to find a way. "

Coach Bruce Boudreau was not hired when it was asked whether Dubnyk would leave Sunday against St. Louis.

"It's a conversation that the coaches and goalkeeper coach will have tomorrow and the general manager and we'll see what happens," Boudreau said. "There are two things. We are not blind. We saw how they came in, but the other thing that bothers me is that we do it all the time. lose way to play. "

Playing for the third time in four nights, New Jersey led 4-1 at the end of the second period, before Butcher scored a deflected pass. Palmieri added a power play goal midway through the third period.

Lovejoy scored at 2:45 of the end of the day when he beat Dubnyk with a low shot to the left of the left circle.

Mikael Granlund and Brad Hunt each had a goal and an assist for Minnesota, who had dropped to 1-4-3 in their last eight games. Joel Eriksson Ek and Nick Seeler also scored, and Ryan Suter got two assists.

The Wild hangs on the last wildcard of the scrambled Western Conference playoffs.

Hunt scored a power-play goal and Eriksson Ek turned a Kinkaid blunder behind his goal into an enveloping pass for a 2-0 lead halfway through the first.

Johansson converted a 26 second lead in seconds before Seeler and Granlund scored to increase Minnesota's lead to 4-1 and end Kinkaid's night with 13 saves.

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