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The first NHL game in Brooklyn goes into the books as Cory Schneider's first shutout in a Devils uniform.
Schneider made 26 saves on Saturday to lead the Devils to a 3-0 blanking of the Islanders in the first hockey game played at Barclays Center.
Schneider, who went the full 60 minutes, has been perfect in preseason. He made an early statement by robbing Pierre-Marc Bouchard's rebound chance in the game's opening minutes and has stopped all 48 shots he's faced in five exhibition periods.
"It's unfortunate these wins don't count," Schneider joked afterward. "It's not as much about the result right now, it's more about just how guys are feeling. I felt good tonight, improved in some areas from last game. But again, still a few times where I was kicking out some bad rebounds, pucks that I should be eating up and it led to a few more chances and shots.
"It's always kind of a fluid situation, but the process seems to be going pretty well right now."
Peter DeBoer had an easy answer for what he's liked best about Schneider's game so far.
"He hasn't been scored on," the head coach said. "He looks solid in the net. He gives your team confidence, a lot like Marty [Brodeur] for us. There's a calming influence to guys like that."
Patrik Elias and Jacob Josefson each posted a goal and an assist for the Devils (2-1), who continue the preseason schedule Monday in Montreal. Their line with Damien Brunner combined for two goals and four assists, including Brunner's first points of his Devils tryout.
Brunner, who assisted on both Josefson's and Elias' goals, was more comfortable in his second game after battling jet lag in his debut on Thursday.
"It was easier to play," Brunner said. "I was more awake than the first game, obviously."
It was the first preseason game for Elias, who had been slowed by a bad groin.
"First period was tough on the lungs and legs, but I got better," Elias said.
Josefson opened the scoring by putting a rebound past Evgeni Nabokov at 10:14 of the first period, just two seconds after the first Devils' power play had expired. Later, Elias completed a tic-tac-toe passing play with Brunner and Josefson for a 2-0 lead at 4:49 of the second.
Steve Bernier added a power-play goal to close out the scoring at 2:31 of the third.
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