Blizzard of goals launches Devils past Blues

NEWARK, N.J. -- The blizzard that dumped more than a foot of snow Tuesday wasn't enough to keep the New Jersey Devils from heating up the ice at Prudential Center in a 7-1 victory against the St. Louis Blues.

The seven-goal outburst was the highest total of the season for the Devils, who took 23 shots. The previous high of five was reached four times.

Seven players scored for New Jersey: Mark Fayne, Ryan Carter, Jaromir Jagr, Ryane Clowe, Adam Henrique, Damien Brunner and Eric Gelinas.

Goalie Cory Schneider made 26 saves in his eighth win of the season. Schneider is 3-0-2 with a 0.94 goals-against average and .966 save-percentage in his past five starts.

Brunner, who returned to the lineup after missing the previous 14 games with a sprained right knee, finished with a season-high three points.

The game came one day prior to the 27th anniversary of a 7-5 win by the Devils against the Calgary Flames, also played in a significant snowstorm. A total of 334 fans -- know as the 334 Club -- made it to the Meadowlands, believed to be the lowest-attended game in modern NHL history.

The Devils finished 3-for-5 on the power play against the Blues, who entered fifth in the League on the penalty kill. New Jersey also forced St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock to replace starting goalie Brian Elliott with Jaroslav Halak 12:17 into the first period after scoring three goals on nine shots.

The Devils snapped a two-game losing streak and won for the second time in the past five games (2-2-1). New Jersey will next host the Washington Capitals on Friday before making preparations for the New York Rangers at Yankee Stadium on Sunday in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC).

The Blues are in the midst of a four-game Eastern Conference road trip and will meet the Rangers on Thursday at Madison Square Garden and the New York Islanders on Saturday afternoon at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Gelinas' third-period goal had to be seen to believed. The rookie defenseman skated to the red line and blasted the puck into the Blues end along the left-wing half boards; it deflected off the lower body of Alex Pietrangelo and past Halak at 12:04.

Clowe scored his third of the season in the second period to give New Jersey a 4-1 lead at 1:03. With the Devils on the power play, Brunner fed Clowe low in the right circle and he ripped a shot past Halak to the long side. Henrique extended the lead at 15:42 when he took a feed from Gelinas in the left-wing circle and fired a shot that beat Halak over his shoulder.

New Jersey opened a 3-1 lead in the first on goals by Fayne, Carter and Jagr. Fayne and Carter scored in the opening 2:51 of the game; the Blues hadn't allowed more than two goals in six straight road games, during which Elliott had gone 3-1-0 with a 1.72 goals-against average and .926 save percentage.

Fayne simply directed a high shot on Elliott from the top of the right circle that eluded the goalie into the short side corner. Brunner and Patrik Elias were credited with assists.

Carter extended the lead 24 seconds later when he controlled a rebound and lofted a backhand shot past a diving Elliott at the right post.

Alexander Steen scored his 25th of the season to pull St. Louis within 2-1. His first shot was blocked by defenseman Andy Greene in front, but the puck bounced back to him and he fired it past Schneider's blocker at 8:47.

Jagr scored his 16th of the season and the 697th of his NHL career when he skated into the crease and stopped just short before the puck deflected off his left skate and past Elliott for a 3-1 lead at 10:27. The goal tied Jagr with Michael Ryder for the Devils lead; Jagr has three goals in the past four games.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
02:27NJD Mark Fayne (2) ASST: Damien Brunner (6), Patrik Elias (19) 1 - 0 NJD
02:51NJD Ryan Carter (4) ASST: Stephen Gionta (4), Eric Gelinas (15) 2 - 0 NJD
08:47STL Alexander Steen (25) ASST: Jaden Schwartz (18), David Backes (19) 2 - 1 NJD
10:27NJD Jaromir Jagr (16) ASST: Reid Boucher (5), Travis Zajac (15) 3 - 1 NJD
2nd Period
01:03NJD PPG - Ryane Clowe (3) ASST: Marek Zidlicky (18), Damien Brunner (7) 4 - 1 NJD
15:42NJD PPG - Adam Henrique (13) ASST: Eric Gelinas (16), Marek Zidlicky (19) 5 - 1 NJD
3rd Period
01:18NJD PPG - Damien Brunner (9) ASST: Patrik Elias (20), Travis Zajac (16) 6 - 1 NJD
12:04NJD Eric Gelinas (6) ASST: Anton Volchenkov (7) 7 - 1 NJD
Three Stars of the Game
Damien Brunner
Damien Brunner
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 13:37
Eric Gelinas
Eric Gelinas
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 14:44
Patrik Elias
Patrik Elias
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 17:46
Penalty Summary
1st Period
15:28STL Vladimir Sobotka  Tripping against  Ryan Carter
19:21STL Alexander Steen  Cross checking against  Andy Greene
2nd Period
04:59NJD Anton Volchenkov  Interference against  T.J. Oshie
14:55STL Barret Jackman  Roughing against  Ryan Carter
19:57STL Alexander Steen  Slashing against  Mark Fayne
3rd Period
03:40NJD Stephen Gionta  Tripping against  Alexander Steen
07:30NJD Travis Zajac  Hooking against  Jay Bouwmeester
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/33/4
Faceoff Wins3320
Blocked Shots414
Penalty Minutes86
5B. JackmanD0003218:00
9J. SchwartzL0101019:04
10B. MorrowL00-20011:32
12D. RoyC00-13013:51
17V. SobotkaL0001218:18
19J. BouwmeesterD00-21023:55
20A. SteenL1002417:11
21P. BerglundC00-21014:11
22K. ShattenkirkD0003018:50
25C. StewartR00-12013:40
27A. PietrangeloD00-20023:21
33J. LeopoldD00-10015:43
42D. BackesR0101019:00
46R. PolakD00-12017:12
56M. PaajarviL0004013:33
74T. OshieR0001016:57
75R. ReavesR00-21010:57
79A. CracknellR00-1108:55
1B. Elliott69.66712:17
41J. Halak1014.71447:43
2M. ZidlickyD0211023:28
6A. GreeneD0000021:13
7M. FayneD1001020:02
8D. ZubrusC0001015:35
11S. GiontaC0114214:22
12D. BrunnerR1203013:37
14A. HenriqueC1001010:50
15R. BoucherL0121012:44
17M. RyderR0001016:29
18S. BernierR0011010:35
19T. ZajacC0220218:54
20R. CarterL1012014:13
22E. GelinasD1222014:44
24B. SalvadorD0010023:09
26P. EliasC0202017:46
28A. VolchenkovD0120213:56
29R. CloweL1001015:42
68J. JagrR1022016:43
35C. Schneider2627.96360:00