|NJD||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||0|
|WPG||0||1||2||(0 - 0)||3|
|SA: 24||TOI: 60:00|
|GA: 0||EV: 19-19|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5-5|
|SV%: 1.000||SH: 0-0|
|G: 2||Shots: 8|
|A: 0||Hits: 5|
|PTS: 2||PIM: 0|
|+/-: 2||TOI: 20:45|
|G: 0||Shots: 3|
|A: 0||Hits: 1|
|PTS: 0||PIM: 0|
|+/-: 0||TOI: 25:36|
WINNIPEG -- Al Montoya stopped 24 shots for his fourth NHL shutout as the Winnipeg Jets kept the New Jersey Devils winless in six games this season with a 3-0 victory at MTS Centre on Sunday night. Evander Kane scored twice and Andrew Ladd added a late goal for the Jets, who shut out an opponent at home for the first time since March 1, 2012, when they blanked the Florida Panthers 7-0.
The Jets had lost three in a row, including a 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars on Friday night in which they allowed three first-period goals. That loss began a six-game homestand for the Jets, who are trying to establish a home-ice presence after struggling at MTS Centre for much of last season.
Coach Claude Noel turned to Montoya for the first time this season in place of Ondrej Pavelec, who began the day having faced more shots than any other goaltender in the NHL this season. Montoya had not appeared in a regular-season game since last March 28 against the Pittsburgh Penguins and broke Pavelec's streak of 18 consecutive starts. Montoya earned his first win since last March 7 on the road against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Devils fell to 0-3-3, and their six-game winless streak is their longest such stretch to begin a season since the franchise relocated to New Jersey from Denver in 1982. New Jersey is 0-2-2 on a five-game trip that ends with a visit to the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.
Devils goaltender Cory Schneider, returning to the city in which he spent three seasons as a prospect with the Vancouver Canucks in the American Hockey League, stopped 32 shots and kept his team in the game with a number of tremendous saves in the third period.
Facing Schneider and his team's offensive struggles, Noel revamped his top three lines in trying to spark an offense that had only produced four goals over its past three games. Kane took Ladd's spot on the team's top line with Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler. Noel pushed offseason addition Devin Setoguchi to the right wing of the third line and moved Michael Frolik to the second line's right side.
Noel also scratched defenseman Grant Clitsome, who signed a three-year contract extension this summer and was expected to fill the departed Ron Hainsey's top-four spot, and replaced him with Paul Postma.
The teams played a scoreless first period in which they combined for 16 shots. Montoya's three point-blank saves during New Jersey's two-man advantage early in the second period held the Devils scoreless. New Jersey produced five shots during separate Jets minors that overlapped and produced a two-man advantage for 1:12.
Not long after Winnipeg killed off the penalties, Kane scored his second goal of the season at 2:57 to give the Jets the lead. Kane sliced down the left boards, cut to the net and lobbed a shot that glanced off Devils defenseman Andy Greene in the crease and deflected past Schneider.
Montoya stopped Patrik Elias on a breakaway later in the period to hold the 1-0 lead.
Schneider impressed as well. New Jersey had an early third-period power play, but the Devils allowed two Winnipeg shorthanded breakaways. Schneider stopped Kane and Jim Slater and held the Devils within a goal.
Kane hit the empty net with 57.0 seconds left and Ladd scored with 36.5 seconds remaining after Schneider returned to the net.
|Evander Kane (2) Deflected shot - ASST: Mark Stuart (1), Bryan Little (2)|
1 - 0 WPG
|EN - Evander Kane (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Olli Jokinen (2), Michael Frolik (2)|
2 - 0 WPG
|Andrew Ladd (3) Tip-in - ASST: Michael Frolik (3), Jim Slater (1)|
3 - 0 WPG
|Paul Postma Hooking against Andrei Loktionov|
|Stephen Gionta Tripping against Mark Scheifele|
|Olli Jokinen Holding against Bryce Salvador|
|Bryce Salvador Roughing against Zach Bogosian|
|Olli Jokinen Roughing against Bryce Salvador|
|James Wright Hooking against Jaromir Jagr|
|Dainius Zubrus Slashing against Blake Wheeler|
|Zach Bogosian Roughing against Ryane Clowe|
|Olli Jokinen Delay of game|
|Damien Brunner Tripping against Tobias Enstrom|
|SA: 34||TOI: 58:44|
|Saves: 32||EV: 22 - 24|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 4|
|SV%: .941||SH: 6 - 6|
|SA: 24||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 24||EV: 19 - 19|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 5|
|SV%: 1.000||SH: 0 - 0|
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