ST. PAUL, Minn. – Jon Merrill put New Jersey ahead in the third period with his first goal of the season, Cory Schneider made 17 saves and the Devils beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Sunday night to snap a season-high three-game losing streak.
Adam Henrique scored for New Jersey 1:21 into the third period, but Minnesota's Zach Parise got his 16th goal less than 2 minutes later. That score was Parise's first against his former team.
Merrill broke the tie 6:26 into the third and Schneider made 10 saves in the final period.
Darcy Kuemper made 15 saves in his return from a concussion for the Wild, suffering his first regulation loss of the season in 10 games.
Beginning a season-long four-game trip and missing several key players, the Devils got just enough offense against similarly stingy Minnesota. Both teams entered play among the top five in the NHL in fewest goals allowed per game.
The teams combined for 20 shots over the first two periods. Henrique's goal loosened play and Parise's followed quickly to tie the game against the team he played for his first seven NHL seasons.
Aside from Parise's score, Schneider kept up his recent success on the road. Schneider is 11-5-2 with two shutouts, a 1.98 GAA and a .935 save percentage in 18 starts away from home this season.
Minnesota was returning home following a win at Dallas the night before and couldn't find the same pace to its game.
Minnesota is 11-5-4 since the beginning of December and Kuemper was 4-0-2 with a 1.26 goals-against average and .947 save percentage before missing six games with a concussion.
NOTES: Parise, the former Devils first-round draft pick, has now scored a goal against every NHL team. ... F Tyler Kennedy and D David Schlemko returned to the lineup for New Jersey after each missed two games with injuries. D John Moore (lower body) missed his second straight game. ... The Wild were 0 of 1 on the power play and now have one power-play goal in their last 12 games (1 of 23). ... Minnesota is in the midst of playing six of seven games against the Eastern Conference. The Wild are 1-2-2 in the recent stretch and are 8-5-2 against the East this season.