I know I’m a few days late on this topic because I just shook off the hangover celebrating this ridiculous event. Yes, you read the title correctly, Cory Schneider recorded his first regular season victory since December 27, 2017. The win came in one of the most unlikely scenarios considering he did not even start the game on Friday night vs the Wild.
On the second night of a back to back, Coach Hynes went with Kinkaid to give Schneids the night off. Kinkaid was not particularly sharp, giving up 4 goals on 17 shots, including a couple goals Keith would like back. Schneider was called into action midway through the second period. The Devils at this point were down 4-1. Schneider came into the game without any pressure or expectations of a win.
With Cory in the game, the Devils started to get the offense going. Will Butcher cut the Wild lead to two on a goal late in the second to give the boys some hope going into the third period.
Schneider was solid from the moment he entered the game. Making some big saves to keep this game in reach. The Devils started the 3rd period looking to kill off a roughing call on Severson he was handed to end the 2nd. They managed to kill off the penalty and switch the action into the Wild zone.
Kyle Palmieri was able to net a power play goal at 8:16 of the third period to make the last half of the 3rd period an interesting one. This led to BEN LOVEJOY, yes, Lovejoy, scoring the game tying goal with under three minutes left to play in the third. With that being said, you had the feeling the Devils had to win this one. That late goal brought this game into overtime.
Schneider was a brick wall in overtime, making some big saves (15 game total) while the Devils were struggling to gain possession of the puck. Nico Hischier sealed the deal for Schneider and the Devils at 3:19 of overtime on a turnover by Dubnyk behind his own net. His third overtime goal of the year, the kid is clutch.
The boys came through for Schneider to get the monkey off his back. His first victory in over a year was certainly an interesting one but one he won’t soon forget. With little to celebrate this year, this was one of the few great moments of this long season. Time to see if he can build off that win and get back his old self.