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Schneider laments ‘inexcusable’ early Penguins goal

Dec 14, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer was quick to take the blame for yesterday’s 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. However, goaltender Cory Schneider would argue he’s responsible.

Schneider surrendered three goals in the first period, including a weak one to Pascal Dupuis just as the contest was getting underway.

“I thought I had it and somehow it sort of snuck down out of my right. Obviously just an inexcusable goal. That can’t happen at this level. It’s not fair to my teammates to put them down like that 40 seconds into the game,” Schneider said, according to the Star-Ledger.

“I’ve always prided myself on trying not to give up goals like that. I don’t think that’s ever really happened to me before. I couldn’t really explain it. We lost the game by a goal and there it is.”

You can view the goal below:

The Devils were a completely different team after the first period and consequently Schneider only had to face 11 shots over the final 40 minutes. He has only won four of his 15 starts despite posting a 1.97 GAA and .917 save percentage.

  1. bobhpine - Dec 14, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Not a great effort by either team last night, but as long as the Pens keep winning while 30% of the roster should be in Wilkes-Barre, it’s hard to complain. Goals from Megna and company are found money.

    It would be nice to see what this team is capable of WITH Scuderi, Martin, Orpik, Bennett, Neal (although he deserves what he got and then some), and Glass all playing at the same time.

  2. 950003cups - Dec 14, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    What a horrible goal. Fleury played lights out which didn’t help

  3. jtowme - Dec 14, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    A pretty sloppily played game by both teams…thank goodness for Fleury. NJ outplayed the Pens for the last two periods.

  4. joeslickfromturtlecreek - Dec 14, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    As a Pens fan, this was a hard win to watch. Completely outplayed for a full 40 minutes. Odd to see NJ so strong on the forecheck. But, given the injuries on D, not exactly unexpected. 29 is a madman lately. Hope he keeps it going.

    • lindbergh9 - Dec 14, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      If they want to beat Detroit tonight that better play better for all 3 periods or the “W” will stay with the Wings. I sure miss Martin back there.

  5. joey4id - Dec 14, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Pens d core looked very much out of sorts. Fortunately, Fleury was up to the task. Great come back by NJ after bad start.

  6. benrob99 - Dec 14, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    NJ definitely outplayed the Pens the last 40. But, the Pens came out of the room ready to play from the first shift of the game. Give them credit for going hard to the blue paint, you get a lot of “ugly” goals there. Also, I agree Fleury has been a beast.

  7. millertime1101 - Dec 14, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    just fall of puck damn good game pen goalie won it for them

  8. jmikeymania - Dec 14, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Joey4ID, No kidding the D core looked out of sorts, 3 of the top 4 are injured right now.

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