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Devils extend point streak to six with shootout loss to Avalanche

Friday, 01.17.2014 / 1:25 AM

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Devils extend point streak to six with shootout loss to Avalanche
New Jersey Devils 1, Colorado Avalanche 2
Three Stars of the Game
Semyon Varlamov
Semyon Varlamov
SA: 34TOI: 64:48
GA: 1EV: 27-28
PIM: 0PP: 5-5
SV%: .971SH: 1-1
Ryan O'Reilly
Ryan O'Reilly
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 23:44
Cory Schneider
SA: 38TOI: 65:00
GA: 1EV: 32-33
PIM: 0PP: 5-5
SV%: .974SH: 0-0

DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche defeated the New Jersey Devils 2-1 in a shootout Thursday at Pepsi Center.

Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly scored in the first and third rounds of the tiebreaker against Devils goalie Cory Schneider. Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov made a pad save against Patrik Elias in the first round and forced Adam Henrique to shoot wide in the second round.

While the Avalanche have gone 3-3 in shootouts this season, the Devils have lost all eight of their shootouts while scoring once on 25 shots. Going back to last season, they've dropped 12 in a row, an NHL record.

"I've never been lights out in the shootout, but I've been good enough -- win some lose some," said Schneider, who made 37 saves through the five-minute overtime. "I don't know what it is this year. I'm just not having a lot of success. A lot has been made about the guys out front not scoring, but it's up to the goalie to make three, four saves and keep it scoreless and get to extra rounds and you find a way to win.

"I don't know what it is right now. I'm not coming up with the saves in the shootout. When you're not getting wins from it and you're leaving points on the table, it matters. It's still a loss, technically. It would have been nice to pull a 'W' out of the fire. At the end of the day it's still a hollow feeling."

Each goalie made five saves in overtime. Varlamov made a glove stop against Jaromir Jagr on a 2-on-1 Devils rush at 2:13, and Schneider got his pad in front of O'Reilly with 23 seconds left on a similar rush by the Avalanche.

O'Reilly scored for the third consecutive game to give the Avalanche a 1-0 lead at 8:55 of the first period. O'Reilly, who has four goals in the streak, was in the slot when Patrick Bordeleau passed to him from behind the net. O'Reilly connected on a one-timer, beating Schneider high to the stick side.

The Devils tied the game at 8:59 of the third period on a goal by Reid Boucher, who tipped a shot by Andrei Loktionov from the right circle.

The Devils had more shots in the third period (18) than in the first two periods combined (11).

"Schneider gave us a chance to get to the third," Devils coach Peter DeBoer said. "We probably deserved to be down and out at the end of 40 minutes. He kept us in there. I thought in the third and in the overtime we finally checked in and played. We hadn't done much for 40 minutes. We played hard for 20 minutes. They are a good team, it was a tough game."

New Jersey (20-18-11) is 1-0-2 in the first three games of a four-game road trip that ends Saturday against the Phoenix Coyotes and is 3-0-3 in the past six games overall.

Varlamov made a big stop against Elias skating unimpeded down the slot at 6:45 of the third, and Schneider answered 30 seconds later with a save against O'Reilly from right in front.

Varlamov made five saves during a Devils power play that began at 2:51 of the third period after Avalanche defenseman Ryan Wilson cross-checked Dainius Zubrus.

The Avalanche were unable to convert the only power play of the first period and two more in the second. Colorado began the night 9-for-23 on power plays in an eight-game stretch.

The Devils have killed 33 of 37 penalties in an 11-game stretch.

The Avalanche outshot the Devils 13-2 in the second period. Ryane Clowe had New Jersey's first shot at 9:35, and Henrique had the other while helping to kill Loktionov's slashing penalty that started at 15:42.

Colorado's best scoring chance came at 3:32 when Nathan MacKinnon intercepted New Jersey defenseman Bryce Salvador's clearing attempt up the middle, but the rookie's shot was wide of the net. MacKinnon got to the puck after it caromed off the end boards and he tried to jam it inside the right post, but Schneider covered it.

Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas prevented what could have been a shorthanded breakaway by O'Reilly at 11:27 by tripping him just outside the New Jersey blue line, creating a 4-on-4 skating situation. The Avalanche failed to take advantage of the power play after Marc-Andre Cliche's tripping penalty expired.

"The first two periods, whatever it was, the altitude or us not executing, not supporting, not moving our legs, you can combine all of those things and that's how we played in the first two periods," said Elias, who returned after missing the previous seven games.

"They're a young team, they skate well, they're in your face and they're playing well. The way we played in the third, it seemed like they couldn't play with us. It was like two different games."

scoring summary
1st Period
Ryan O'Reilly (18) ASST: Patrick Bordeleau (2), Brad Malone (2)
1 - 0 COL
2nd Period
3rd Period
Reid Boucher (2) ASST: Andrei Loktionov (6), Jon Merrill (4)
1 - 1 Tie
OT Period
1M. DucheneP. Elias
2N. MacKinnonA. Henrique
3R. O'Reilly
penalty summary
1st Period
Patrik Elias  Tripping against  Tyson Barrie
2nd Period
Marc-Andre Cliche  Tripping against  Adam Henrique
Eric Gelinas  Tripping against  Ryan O'Reilly
Andrei Loktionov  Slashing against  Maxime Talbot
3rd Period
Ryan Wilson  Cross checking against  Dainius Zubrus
OT Period
goalie stats
Cory Schneider
SA: 38TOI: 65:00
Saves: 37EV: 32 - 33
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .974SH: 0 - 0
Semyon Varlamov
Semyon Varlamov
SA: 34TOI: 64:48
Saves: 33EV: 27 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .971SH: 1 - 1
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