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Schneider helps Devils beat Oilers 2-0

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Cory Schneider made 29 saves in his second shutout of the season, leading the New Jersey Devils to a 2-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night.

Adam Henrique and Tuomo Ruutu scored for the Devils (9-9-2), who won for the third time in their last nine games. Eric Gelinas had two assists, and Schneider recorded his 14th career shutout.

The Oilers (6-12-2) have lost five in a row for the second time this season.

New Jersey jumped in front in the second period when Henrique got a partial breakaway, shrugging off defender Justin Schultz before putting the puck through Viktor Fasth’s legs for his fifth of the season.

Ruutu made it 2-0 with five minutes left in the second, beating Fasth with a shot from the middle of the left face-off circle.

New Jersey outshot Edmonton 19-8 in the second. The Oilers also forward Benoit Pouliot to an injury in the period when he departed after blocking a shot.

Fasth finished with 24 stops.

Edmonton had an opportunity to get back into the game early in the third when Marek Zidlicky took a double minor for high-sticking Nail Yakupov in the face, but the Oilers were unable to get anything going on the extended man advantage.

The Oilers also had a prime scoring opportunity in the first when Pouliot beat Schneider with a deke, but he lost control of the puck before he could put a backhand shot into a wide-open net.

Both teams play again on Saturday. The Oilers close out a five-game homestand against Chicago, and the Devils travel to Calgary to face the Flames.

NOTES: It was the first of two meetings between the teams this season. They split two games last season, each winning on home ice. … Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins played in his 200th career NHL game. … Schneider made his 20th consecutive start, setting a New Jersey record for starts from the beginning of the season. Martin Brodeur started the first 19 games of the 2001-2002 season. Brodeur holds the team record for consecutive starts with 44, accomplishing the feat at the end of the 1995-96 season. … The Oilers adjusted their top line for the start of the matchup, moving Pouliot up to play with Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle, while Taylor Hall started the game with Leon Draisaitl and Teddy Purcell. … Oilers defenseman Mark Fayne played his first game against his former team after signing with Edmonton as a free agent last summer. Fayne spent his first four seasons with the Devils. … Out for the Devils were Ryane Clowe (concussion), Jon Merrill (arm) and Bryce Salvador (lower body).

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