Published January 08, 2015
Edmonton, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - Cory Schneider started his 20th straight game and made 29 saves for his second shutout of the season, lifting the New Jersey Devils to a 2-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.
Schneider surpassed Martin Brodeur for the longest start streak to open a season in franchise history. Brodeur set the previous mark with 19 consecutive starts from Oct. 6 to Nov. 2, 2001.
Adam Henrique and Tuomo Ruutu each scored and Eric Gelinas tallied two assists for the Devils, who snapped a two-game skid.
"You look at the standings, you look around the league, we've got to get on a roll here. We needed to start somewhere," Devils coach Peter DeBoer said.
Viktor Fasth made 24 saves for the Oilers, who lost their fifth in a row.
"We made a few mistakes in the second and they capitalized," Oilers forward Jordan Eberle said. "That's the type of team that they are."
Edmonton received more bad news in the loss as forward Benoit Pouliot suffered a broken foot while blocking Marek Zidlicky's shot during the second period.
After a scoreless opening stanza, Steve Bernier hit Henrique with a stretch pass through the neutral zone, and Henrique lit the lamp with a wrister through the pads of Fasth off a breakaway 10:39 into the second.
Ruutu increased the Devils' lead to 2-0 with a wrister over the shoulder of Fasth and into the top right corner of the net with five minutes to play in the middle frame.
The Oilers pulled Fasth with over a minute left, but were unable to get on the board.
Schneider stopped 13 shots during the final stanza to keep his shutout intact.
Schneider registered his 14th career shutout ... Brodeur holds New Jersey's record for consecutive starts with 44 during the 1995-96 season ... Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins played in his 200th NHL game ... The Devils have not allowed a power-play goal in five consecutive games ... Forward Dainius Zubrus played in his 500th game with the Devils.