Canucks 2, Devils 1

Mike G. Morreale | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:49 AM

NEWARK, N.J. -- Cory Schneider proved on Friday why he's much more than an admirable fill-in for Roberto Luongo.
Vancouver's backup goaltender stopped 30 shots, including 10 in the third period, to win his seventh straight start as the Canucks beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Friday night to take over first place in the overall NHL standings.

Aaron Rome and Mason Raymond scored for Vancouver as the surging Canucks snapped the Devils' four-game winning streak and improved to 86 points, one more than Detroit. Both teams have 20 games remaining.

The Canucks improved their League-best road record to 22-10-2. Last season, Vancouver finished as the NHL's finest road team at 27-10-4. Additionally, the Canucks improved to 34-6-1 this season when scoring the first goal of the game -- they've scored an NHL-best 67 first-period goals.
Despite arriving in Newark at 3 a.m. ET on Friday following their dramatic 4-3 shootout victory in Detroit on Thursday, the Canucks appeared to have more jump in the opening 20 minutes.
Rome gave the Canucks a 1-0 lead when he knocked home a rebound from the bottom of the left circle at 8:44. Defenseman Chris Tanev took the initial shot from the point that was stopped, but the rebound skittered to Rome to Martin Brodeur's right, and he knocked it home.
A little over two minutes later, Schneider denied Ilya Kovalchuk off a point-blank rip from the left hash. Schneider, who made eight saves in the first, also turned back Zach Parise off a one-timer from between the circles at 15:43.

The Canucks opened a 2-0 lead 2:07 into the second when Raymond took a pass from David Booth in the right circle and fired a wrist shot that beat Brodeur to the long side, just inside the left post.

The Devils pared the deficit to 2-1 at 11:30 when David Clarkson redirected a pass from Patrik Elias while skating hard down the slot. Clarkson's goal, his 24th of the season, was upheld after video review revealed Clarkson didn't use a distinct kicking motion on the play.
Scoring Summary
1st Period
08:44VAN Aaron Rome (4) ASST: Christopher Tanev (1), Alexandre Burrows (19) 1 - 0 VAN
2nd Period
02:07VAN Mason Raymond (7) ASST: David Booth (13), Dan Hamhuis (24) 2 - 0 VAN
11:30NJD David Clarkson (24) ASST: Patrik Elias (38), Petr Sykora (18) 2 - 1 VAN
3rd Period
Three Stars of the Game
Cory Schneider
Cory Schneider
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 27-28
PIM: 0PP: 3-3
SV%: .968SH: 0-0
Mason Raymond
Mason Raymond
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 12:01
Zach Parise
Zach Parise
G: 0Shots: 7
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 23:16
Penalty Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
12:26VAN Alexander Edler  Interference against  Zach Parise
17:45VAN Ryan Kesler  Hooking against  Peter Harrold
3rd Period
05:58NJD Dainius Zubrus  Hooking against  Henrik Sedin
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/10/2
Faceoff Wins4219
Blocked Shots159
Penalty Minutes42
2D. HamhuisD0101023:19
3K. BieksaD0000023:57
7D. BoothL0102010:44
8C. TanevD0112017:22
9C. HodgsonC00-1009:53
14A. BurrowsR0110017:26
17R. KeslerC0012220:01
20C. HigginsL0011018:57
21M. RaymondL1002012:01
22D. SedinL0001017:24
23A. EdlerD0000219:59
27M. MalhotraC0011014:29
29A. RomeD1011016:33
33H. SedinC0001016:01
34B. BitzR000107:23
36J. HansenR0000019:04
40M. LapierreC0000012:32
41A. AlbertsD0001018:55
35C. Schneider3031.96860:00
6A. GreeneD00-11020:23
8D. ZubrusC00-12217:35
9Z. PariseL0007023:16
12A. PonikarovskyL00-10014:45
14A. HenriqueC0002020:34
15P. SykoraR0101016:49
16J. JosefsonC000105:24
17I. KovalchukR0005026:34
18S. BernierR00-12014:28
20R. CarterL000005:50
21P. HarroldD0001016:31
23D. ClarksonR1005017:07
24B. SalvadorD0001017:29
25C. JanssenR000003:10
26P. EliasC0100017:44
28A. VolchenkovD0001018:08
29M. FayneD00-10023:16
32M. TaorminaD0002020:04
30M. Brodeur1416.87558:53