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Canucks 2, Devils 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Mike G. Morreale

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Canucks 2, Devils 1
Vancouver Canucks 2, New Jersey Devils 1
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
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
Aaron Rome (4) ASST: Christopher Tanev (1), Alexandre Burrows (19)
1 - 0 VAN
2nd Period
Mason Raymond (7) ASST: David Booth (13), Dan Hamhuis (24)
2 - 0 VAN
David Clarkson (24) ASST: Patrik Elias (38), Petr Sykora (18)
2 - 1 VAN
3rd Period
penalty summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Alexander Edler  Interference against  Zach Parise
Ryan Kesler  Hooking against  Peter Harrold
3rd Period
Dainius Zubrus  Hooking against  Henrik Sedin
goalie stats
Cory Schneider
Cory Schneider
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 27 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .968SH: 0 - 0
Martin Brodeur
Martin Brodeur
SA: 16TOI: 58:53
Saves: 14EV: 13 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0