Cammalleri, Schneider help Devils defeat Coyotes

Jerry Brown  - NHL.com Correspondent | Sunday, 03.15.2015 / 1:57 AM

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- New Jersey Devils forward Jordin Tootoo said his team needs to stop leaning on the play of goaltender Cory Schneider and start matching it.

It took 30 minutes, but the Devils made a step in that direction with a 4-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Saturday.

Tootoo and Mike Cammalleri each had a goal and an assist, and the Devils scored three times in the first 9:25 of the third period to put away the Coyotes.

Adam Henrique and Stephen Gionta scored goals and Travis Zajac and Damon Severson each had two assists for the Devils (29-29-11), who broke open a tight game. Schneider made 30 saves, 21 of them in the first 30 minutes when the Coyotes controlled the play and had most of the scoring chances.

"We talked about it before the game: Everybody has to work as hard a (Schneider) does," Tootoo said. "He gives us a chance to win every night and as a team you want to go in the same path that he does and it starts with work ethic. He brings it every day. But he can't be our best player every night."

Cammalleri scored his 25th goal, reaching that milestone for the sixth time in his career and with the fourth different team.

"It's nice, it's always been part of my responsibility but I didn't think about (getting to 25 goals) until you mentioned it just now," he said. "It's much more important that we try to get where we’re going as group this year."

Shane Doan scored for Arizona, denying Schneider his second shutout against the Coyotes this season (he defeated them 3-0 in New Jersey on Feb. 23). Schneider is 5-1-1 against Arizona in his career, allowing a total of six goals. He made 21 saves in the first 20 minutes.

"The first period they certainly came at us," New Jersey co-coach Lou Lamoriello said. "They were skating, jumping on the puck and (Schneider) kept us in there."

The Coyotes had nine scoring chances in the first period, and 21 shots on goal in the first 30 minutes.

Arizona (21-40-8) has lost 14 of the past 15 games overall, 13 of the past 14 at Gila River Arena, and has scored of 20 goals in 15 games. They have scored one goal or fewer in six of the past seven games and more than two goals twice in the past 18 games.

"I think we make a lot of goalies look good," Arizona coach Dave Tippett said. "We play against some very good goaltenders and Schneider is a very good one, but as good as they are we end up making some of them look pretty good."

Mike Smith made 25 saves for Arizona but fell to 11-34-5 this season.

The first goal of the game came off a wild bounce. With Coyotes forward B.J. Crombeen in the penalty box for high sticking, Zajac's shot from the right point sailed over the net and bounced high off the glass and back over the net. Henrique swatted it out of the air at the right post at 18:03 for his 14th goal of the season and third in the past four games.

Gionta made it 2-0 at 50 seconds of the third period, putting home the rebound of a Tootoo shot for his fifth goal of the season.

Doan cut the New Jersey lead to 2-1 by deflecting a Mark Arcobello shot past Schneider for his 13 th goal and first in 15 games.

It took 19 seconds for Tootoo to restore New Jersey's two-goal lead, putting in the rebound of a Cammalleri shot for his eighth of the year.

"You're trying to push to get back in the game, you get a goal and the next line is trying to push too," Doan said. "Then you’re caught on the wrong side of it. They found a way to bury it. … they scored pretty much every goal off second-chance opportunities. [Smith] is making the first save and we've got to find a way to get that puck."

Cammalleri scored at 9:25 to give the Devils a 4-1 lead.

"After they scored, that next shift was huge," Gionta said. "It's the turning point because if we don't get that, they keep their momentum and it’s a one-goal game."

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
18:03NJD PPG - Adam Henrique (15) ASST: Travis Zajac (11), Damon Severson (10) 1 - 0 NJD
3rd Period
00:50NJD Stephen Gionta (5) ASST: Jordin Tootoo (5), Damon Severson (11) 2 - 0 NJD
06:06ARI Shane Doan (13) ASST: Mark Arcobello (10), Tobias Rieder (7) 2 - 1 NJD
06:25NJD Jordin Tootoo (8) ASST: Mike Cammalleri (11), Travis Zajac (12) 3 - 1 NJD
09:25NJD Mike Cammalleri (25) ASST: Andy Greene (17), Adam Larsson (18) 4 - 1 NJD
Three Stars of the Game
Cory Schneider
Cory Schneider
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 24-25
PIM: 0PP: 2-2
SV%: .968SH: 4-4
Jordin Tootoo
Jordin Tootoo
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 7
+/-: 2TOI: 14:32
Shane Doan
Shane Doan
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 18:28
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:45ARI B.J. Crombeen  Fighting (maj) against  Jordin Tootoo
02:45NJD Jordin Tootoo  Fighting (maj) against  B.J. Crombeen
02:45NJD Jordin Tootoo  Roughing against  Mike Smith
12:40ARI Lauri Korpikoski  Cross checking against  Dainius Zubrus
2nd Period
02:24ARI Michael Stone  Hi-sticking against  Tuomo Ruutu
16:16ARI B.J. Crombeen  Hi-sticking against  Jon Merrill
3rd Period
14:20NJD Tuomo Ruutu  Roughing against  Michael Stone
14:20ARI Michael Stone  Roughing against  Tuomo Ruutu
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/30/1
Faceoff Wins2525
Blocked Shots2012
Penalty Minutes913
5A. LarssonD0101021:51
6A. GreeneD0103021:07
7J. MerrillD0022017:40
8D. ZubrusL0001016:07
10P. HarroldD0002012:51
11S. GiontaC1001013:47
14A. HenriqueL1001018:16
15T. RuutuL0000211:11
16J. JosefsonC0000014:13
17M. RyderR0002012:41
18S. BernierR0002016:06
19T. ZajacC0220017:14
20J. TootooR1122714:32
21S. GomezC0000018:26
22E. GelinasD0000016:58
23M. CammalleriL1126016:49
28D. SeversonD0224020:36
32M. FraserD0002015:35
35C. Schneider3031.96860:00
5C. MurphyD00-12017:07
8T. RiederR0103017:19
9S. GagnerC00-15017:31
10M. EratR00-10016:32
14J. VitaleC0002011:57
17J. MooreD00-10018:35
18D. MossR00-11012:33
19S. DoanR1005018:28
20T. McGinnL00-11012:55
22C. CunninghamL00-15015:27
24K. ChipchuraC00-10015:24
26M. StoneD00-11419:13
28L. KorpikoskiL0001210:25
34K. DahlbeckD00-21021:45
36M. ArcobelloR0100013:57
44B. CrombeenR000179:33
45A. CampbellD0002021:06
41M. Smith2529.86260:00