Created: 10/19/2013 10:05 PM WHEC.com
(AP) NEWARK, N.J. - Cory Schneider made 22 saves for his first shutout with New Jersey, and the Devils become the last NHL team to win a game this season, posting a 4-0 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday night.
Andrei Loktionov, Adam Henrique, Michael Ryder and Dainius Zubrus scored for the Devils (1-4-3), who ended their worst start to a season with a laugher against the injury-depleted Rangers. New York (2-5) has only two wins on its season-opening, nine-game road trip.
Jaromir Jagr and Marek Zidlicky added two assists apiece as New Jersey took some of the mounting pressure off coach Pete DeBoer by matching its season high for goals.
Henrik Lundqvist made 15 saves for the Rangers.
DeBoer has been searching for a winning lineup, and this one fell into his lap as Patrik Elias (flu) and Damien Brunner (upper body soreness) were sidelined unexpectedly.
Loktionov and Rostislav Olesz took their places in the lineup and played big roles as the Devils took a 2-0 lead in the first period.
Loktionov opened the scoring at 7:22, scoring on a rebound after Lundqvist left a big rebound on a point shot by defenseman Anton Volchenkov.
Olesz set up Henrique’s second goal of the season a little more than five minutes later, chipping a puck off the side boards to send his linemate on a break into the Rangers’ zone. Henrique beat Lundqvist with a shot over his shoulder from the left circle.
The goal came a little more than 20 seconds after Schneider stopped Benoit Pouliot in close. The goalie was a little lucky early in the second period when Taylor Pyatt’s shot from the right circle hit the post, and the rebound slid through the crease.
The shutout was the 10th of Schneider’s NHL career. He was acquired from Vancouver for a first-round draft pick in June and had been 0-2-1 in his first three starts.
New Jersey took command six minutes into the second period when Michael Ryder finished off passes by Jagr and Zidlicky with a power-play goal on a shot from two strides inside the blue line.
Zubrus closed out the scoring, backhanding the rebound of Bryce Salvador’s shot past a defenseless Lundqvist.
It was surprising that Salvador was back in the game. He had crashed into the boards late in the first period after being checked by Pouliot, and had difficulty getting to his feet despite several attempts.
The Rangers played without Rick Nash (concussion), Ryan Callahan (broken thumb) and Carl Hagelin, who has been out all season after shoulder surgery. Callahan was hurt late in the Rangers’ 2-0 win over Washington on Wednesday.
NOTES: Olesz earned his first point since he scored a goal while playing for Florida in February 2011. He spent most of last season in the minors. ... The Rangers have two more games on the road before their home opener on Oct. 28. ... Veteran Darroll Powe was called up from Hartford of the AHL to replace Callahan. ... The Devils have three power-play goals in eight games.