NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Jacob Josefson scored the lone goal in the shootout, and Cory Schneider made it stand up as the New Jersey Devils ended their tiebreaker frustration with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.
Michael Ryder forced overtime for New Jersey, scoring the tying goal with 3:27 left in regulation. The Devils earned the shootout victory after losing all 13 last season and one other this season.
Josefson, the Devils’ second shootout shooter, lifted a shot over sprawling goalie Ondrej Pavelec.
New Jersey earned its first home victory in four games and snapped the Jets’ two-game winning streak.
Blake Wheeler, who led the Jets with 28 goals last season, netted his fourth of the season in the first period. Wheeler took a great pass from Toby Enstrom as Pavelec headed to the bench during a delayed penalty.
The Devils tied it when Ryder stole the puck and fired a shot past Pavelec during another delayed penalty. It was Ryder’s second goal of the season.
Pavelec was outstanding in making 27 saves. Schneider stopped 24 shots.
In the third period, Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele had a breakaway that was stopped by Schneider. Soon after, Wheeler skated in on Schneider and had him beat, but his backhand attempt went wide.
NOTES: Jets LW Evander Kane returned after missing eight games with a knee injury. No question, we missed him,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said. “He was itching to get back last week, but we’re glad to have him back today.” … The Devils were without leading scorer Mike Cammalleri, who sustained a jaw injury earlier this week. … The Devils placed Martin Havlat (lower body) and Jordin Tootoo (foot) on the injured list. … Jets LW Andrew Ladd recorded six points (four goals, two assists) in the previous four games
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