12/15 23:55 CST Brian Boyle scores twice to help Devils beat Stars 5-2.
Brian Boyle scores twice to help Devils beat Stars 5-2.
By MATT SUGAM
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) --- Corey Schneider and the New Jersey Devils rebounded
quickly from an overtime loss the night before in Montreal and push aside the
Schneider made 28 saves, and Brian Boyle broke a tie with his 100th career goal
and added an empty-netter and an assist to help New Jersey beat Dallas 5-2 on
"We knew coming in to the game that 35 (Schneider) probably had to be our best
player. Coming in on a back-to-back against a rested team, we needed a
goaltending performance. Particularly against a team like Dallas," Devils coach
John Hynes said.
"It's something that we challenged him a little bit on where you look at the
back-to-backs. ... We need him to be our guy and when there's situations when
we're in adversity, we need him to come through, so I thought he was a huge
factor for us tonight and a congrats to him on I think answering the challenge."
Steven Santini, Blake Coleman and Nick Lappin also scored for the Devils.
Martin Hanzal and Alexander Radulov connected for Dallas.
Midway through Stephen Johns' double-minor for high-sticking, Devils fans booed
the team's power-play effort. Boyle responded by knocking in a rebound from the
crease off of Will Butcher's shot to give the Devils a 3-2 lead with 3:21 left
in the period. Johns' penalty came at the tail end of John Klingberg spending
two minutes in the box for cross-checking Boyle.
"It changed twice. Halfway through the game they had nine shots which is
exactly what you want. Klinberg's penalty --- whether that was a penalty or not
--- that allowed them to take a breather and then the 5-on-3 from there, I
don't think it should have been a penalty at all," Stars coach Ken Hitchcock
said. "But that kind of gave them a breather to get shots on goal, and then
obviously three missed chances on the power play when the game is 3-2, so it
turned twice for us."
As things got chippy, Klinberg and Boyle exchanged words.
"I told him he was 100 pounds heavier than me and I think he fell easy there. I
don't think it's a cross-check," Klinberg said. "And after he scored a goal he
celebrated in my face and I didn't think that was respectful. He said he was
sorry, so let's move on."
Boyle insisted he wasn't flopping.
"The hit was the hit, guys are playing physical. I'm not trying to dive," Boyle
said. "It was what it was but I'm not trying to embellish it. I just didn't see
him. I don't think he's being malicious. I don't think he's trying to injure
me. It's just something that happens."
Boyle assisted on Lappin's goal midway through the third period and completed
the scoring with the empty-net goal.
It capped off an emotional night for what has been a rollercoaster season off
the ice for Boyle, who was diagnosed with cancer on Sept. 19.
"Emotional is a good word," Boyle said. "It's really been a blessing for sure.
Sept. 19 seems like a long, long time ago. Lot that's gone on with my family,
which is most important to me and the support I've gotten, that's why I'm able
to play. From my family my wife and my parents and especially this club here.
Everyone this club, top to bottom. I'm having a blast and we're playing pretty
NOTES: Devils F Taylor Hall (knee contusion), F Marcus Johansson (ankle bruise)
and F Kyle Palmieri (broken right foot) all skated Friday. It's the first time
on the ice for Hall and Johansson since their injuries. Coach John Hynes hopes
they will skate Saturday, practice with the team on Sunday and see about
playing Monday night. ... The Stars couldn't complete the sweep of the
metropolitan-area teams this week after beating the Islanders and Rangers.
Stars: Dallas wraps up its four-game road trip at Philadelphia on Saturday
Devils: New Jersey has the weekend off before hosting Anaheim on Monday night.
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