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Devils goalie Cory Schneider ‘just has to pitch a shutout’

Jan 9, 2014, 11:17 PM EDT

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Cory Schneider had to be perfect. There was no other choice Thursday.

The New Jersey Devils goaltender made 26 saves in a 1-0 shutout victory over the Dallas Stars. As you can tell by the score, there was no room for error from Schneider, whose record isn’t great (6-9-5) but is sporting a 2.02 goals-against average, good enough for fifth amongst NHL goalies.

But a game like this one against the Stars wasn’t just an anomaly for Schneider. Take his last start on Jan. 4: He gave up only two goals to the Buffalo Sabres, but the Devils managed only one and lost in regulation.

Or on Nov. 15 against the L.A. Kings. Again, he allowed only the one goal. The Devils lost 2-0.

“He was great. Again, we don’t give him a lot of run support and he’s starting to get used to that … and he’s figured it out. He just has to pitch a shutout,” said Devils head coach Pete DeBoer, as per Tom Gulitti of The Record.

Michael Ryder scored the lone goal for the Devils on Thursday.

  1. vanindeed - Jan 10, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    “just pitch a shutout” Why didn’t think of that? Sounds like a successful formula.

  2. jb8383 - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    He better start Cory on Saturday.

  3. gbditka - Jan 10, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Somewhere, a village is missing their idiot and he has stumbled into the Devils Head Coaching gig. You have a goalie with a 2.02 goals-against average that is 6-9-5 on the season and the best advice Pete DeBoer can share is “he just has to pitch a shutout? Wouldn’t think to say “I’m disappointed with our scoring output all season and me & the staff must find ways to get the puck in the net as we can’t continue to put these games on Cory’s shoulders every night.”

    I’m going to my grave saying Pete DeBoer is a terrible head coach who was blessed to have such a talented roster and great Assistants to get to the Cup Finals just two years ago….look how quickly this organization has stumbled under his watch. Not once this season have I heard him take any blame for the lackluster offense…we need a General and not a Lieutenant to lead the Devils!

    • jb8383 - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      Couldn’t agree more. I was hoping at first that he made that comment as a joke. But it seems he might have been serious?! Hard to tell as it was only quoted by Tom Gulitti.

  4. yordo - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Mmmm. Baseball season

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