For one of the rare times this season, the Devils are on the verge of one of Lou Brown’s winning streaks (i.e. more than two in a row). In fact today’s 4-1 win over the Sabres coming on the heels of the wild comeback in Minnesota represented the first back-to-back wins for New Jersey in over a month. Now fully over the curse, Cory Schneider didn’t have to wait nearly as long for his next win. In fact, he went just two days between wins Friday and today compared to over a calendar year between his last pair of wins.
Certainly Schneider deserved this one too with a strong 34-save performance in another game where the Devils were outshot by a wide margin (35-24) but for one of the few times this season the Devils got ahead and stayed ahead, even getting Cory some rare tack-on goals in the third period of a game that was tight throughout. Scoreless in the first, the Devils struck twice in the second first with a lucky bounce off Miles Wood, who did make his own luck driving to the net for his sixth goal of the year. Then Jesper Bratt continued his own quiet hot streak (eight points in his last eight games) with a power-play goal to double the lead, also getting his sixth goal.
Only Sam Reinhart kept Cory from having a chance at a shutout late in the second period, and made the game a nailbiter for most of the third until Kyle Palmieri’s rifle beat Sabres goalie Carter Hutton with less than six minutes remaining, and even with the general negativity of the season I felt at that particular time it was going to be a happy recap. Even when Damon Severson was a bit unlucky in taking a penalty late in the third, Joey Anderson scored a seeing-eye empty netter seconds after the Sabres pulled Hutton for the 6-on-4 advantage.
I could have gone to this game but had already traded it in earlier towards my credit for next season. My error was thinking this was a normal Sunday night game that was more or less a weeknight game, without taking into account the holiday on Monday which goosed the amount of people willing to go to a Sunday night game, and thus demand. So I could have sold this one off for normal value after all, though you wouldn’t have known it from the prices before the last day or so when they spiked.
Of course I never take President’s Day into account cause I never have it off myself. I missed the dopey sock promo too, but seeing pictures of them I didn’t even like the design quite frankly. My only quasi-regret is my close friend wanted the socks but I told her I likely wasn’t going to this game, oh well. I’m already going to the game Tuesday as is, and want to keep my amount of meaningless Devil games attended at a minimum. Especially since all of my games in 2019 have been unmitigated disasters. Hopefully Cory’s new mojo carries over for at least one more game when I will be at Tuesday’s showdown with the playoff bubble Penguins.