NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Mike Cammalleri scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and the New Jersey Devils extended their best run of the season with a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.
Cory Schneider made 19 saves and Adam Henrique had the other goal for the Devils, who won for the seventh time in 11 games (7-2-2).
Curtis Lazar scored for the Senators and Robin Lehner made 17 saves in his third straight start for injured Craig Anderson.
Jaromir Jagr did most of the work on Cammalleri’s team-high 17th goal of the season and seventh game-winner. The big right wing won the puck in the right corner, made a turn into the right circle and found Cammalleri between the circles for a shot over Lehner’s shoulder.
The Senators came within inches of tying the game in the closing seconds.
Bobby Ryan got a loose puck on his stick but could not get a shot off from point-blank range. He skated off the ice with his stick on top of his helmet.
Schneider faced only a couple of good chances in the third period. He stopped Mike Hoffman in close early and made a nice save on a slap shot by defenseman Marc Methot.
After the teams generated just a few good scoring chances in the opening 30 minutes, they combined for two goals in less than two minutes midway through the second period.
Lazar, a member of Canada’s recent gold medal winners at the World Junior Championship, scored on a breakaway at 10:33 after Cammalleri and defenseman Andy Greene seemed to have a moment of indecision over who would collect a loose puck sliding to the Devils zone.
Lazar didn’t hesitate and beat Schneider with a backhand after breaking in alone.
New Jersey tied the game at 12:08 on a snap shot from the left circle by Henrique, his first goal in 13 games.
Greene sent a pass from the point to Marek Zidlicky, who slid it to Henrique for a shot that beat Lehner.
NOTES: The Senators had four shots in the first period, none in the final 13 minutes. … Ottawa RW Chris Neil missed more than half of the first period after being cut around his right eye. He returned for the second period. … The Devils were held to 14 shots in each of their previous two games. … Ottawa will play seven of its next eight games at home, where it is 11-7-4.
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