Sergey Kalinin scored a late power play goal, Cory Schneider played yet another unbelievable game, and the New Jersey Devils defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2, sweeping the season series from the defending Stanley Cup champions.
New Jersey and Chicago were meeting for the second and final time this season, with the Devils winning the first meeting 4-2 at the Prudential Center just six days ago.
The Blackhawks would go on a late first period 5-on-3 power play, after the Devils' Damon Severson (high-sticking) and John Moore (tripping) took simultaneous penalties putting the Devils in a big penalty kill early. The Devils penalty kill started strong, but eventually conceded a goal off the snap shot from the red-hot Patrick Kane.
With the goal, Kane has a league-leading 11 goals, and is on a league-high 11-game point streak.
New Jersey's penalty kill was 18-of-19 (94.7 percent) in their last seven games before Kane's goal, but were perfect the rest of the night.
The Devils managed to withstand the barrage by Chicago who dominated throughout the first. New Jersey were able to grab back some late momentum and would carry it into the second.
As quickly as the period started is as quickly as New Jersey tied it. Less than a minute into the second, Adam Henrique beat Corey Crawford high blocker side on a soft shot from just inside the blue line knotting the game at one.
Crawford finished the game with 22 saves in the loss, with the Blackhawks (8-7-1) now 2-4-1 in their last seven games.
Kyle Palmieri would add a second goal late in the second, after a shot from Kalinin would squirted to him and buried it.
In the period, New Jersey had six (yes six) shots on goal and were beating the Blackhawks 2-1 after two.
Trailing by a goal in the third, Artemi Panarin was able to beat Schneider high short side tying the game 2-2 with 6:41 left in regulation.
With Chicago dominating the third period looking to score the go-ahead goal, Kane would take a late high-sticking penalty, proving to be detrimental.
Kalinin would score off the Kane minor, scoring off the rebound from Palmieri's slap shot giving the Devils a 3-2 lead with 2:33 remaining in regulation.
Schneider finished his stellar performance with 27 saves in the victory, capped off by a tremendous save on Jonathan Toews' backhand preserving the Devils victory. Schneider has now allowed two goals or less in six straight starts.
The Devils have defeated the Blackhawks in regulation on their home ice for only the second time this season.
Tonight's victory was certainly not easy, but the Devils had found a way to win. Over the past two weeks, New Jersey has played some cream-of-the-crop teams in the Western Conference, including two against Chicago, and have played extremely well (3-1). As New Jersey continues to buy in to head coach John Hynes' system, New Jersey will continue to get better and continue their impressive start (9-6-1) to the season.
The Devils return home Saturday night to face the Pittsburgh Penguins.