Devils fall to Stars, 4-2, and lose goalie Schneider to injury


Crosby and Phil Kessel scored in a 2-0 home win over the Devils in the last meeting January 26, but Pittsburgh’s had plenty of trouble finding the net in road matchups. With fewer wins, they remain in second place but close the gap in points. Marc-Andre Fleury’s three-game winning streak ended against Calgary, which could mean rookie Matt Murray gets the start Sunday.ABOUT THE DEVILS (31-28-7): The recently acquired Devante Smith-Pelly, who has scored in his first two games with the team, and fellow forward Joseph Blandisi both were fined $2,000 for diving/embellishment but avoided suspensions.

Janmark hit Nichushkin with a pass near the Devils’ blue line and Nichushkin skated across the front of the goal and finished with a wrist shot into the left side of the net.
New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) leaves the game with an injury as fellow goalie Keith Kinkaid (1) come in to play during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars Friday, March 4, 2016, in Dallas.
Smith-Pelly scored his eighth of the season with 4:19 remaining in regulation on a tap-in at the far post after John Moore’s slap shot from the left point deflected off the end boards.
“I think the best present was since we won tonight”, Nichushkin said.
McDavid, the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft, has eight goals and 14 assists in 17 games since returning from a broken left collarbone (see full recap). Klingberg logged 1:25 of ice time on two shifts before leaving the ice. Hynes said defenseman David Warsofsky is day-to-day with a lower body injury. The puck came to Henrique in front.
Early in the third period against the Dallas Stars, Schneider hurt his leg while sprawling to make a save. Schneider appeared to be injured when he made a save doing the splits. To replace him, Dallas recalled Brett Ritchie from Texas of the AHL. “May have been the difference of getting a point out of the game or two points out of the game right there”. Stars D Johnny Oduya spent four seasons with New Jersey…. The Devils are 9-3 in their last 12 Sunday games and 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. Three of Ottawa’s last five home games have gone to a shootout, with the Senators winning twice.3. Devils D Andy Greene appeared in his 295th consecutive game, the sixth-longest run in Devils history.