WINNIPEG – Lee Stempniak scored twice and Corey Schneider made 22 saves as the New Jersey Devils downed the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 on Saturday night.
Stempniak recorded his 13th goal of the season in the first period to opening the scoring and then added another on a redirect in the third.
Jacob Josefson added the other marker for the Devils (25-19-5).
The Jets’ (21-24-3) lone goal was scored late on the power play by Dustin Byfuglien, his 12th of the season.
Schneider improved to 22-14-5 on the season with the win while Connor Hellebuyck made 13 saves in a losing effort, falling to 11-9-1.
New Jersey turned a slow start into a 1-0 lead just past the midway point of the first period.
A comedy of errors, capped off with Toby Enstrom blowing a tire and taking out Blake Wheeler in the process, led to a 2-on-0 break for the Devils.
Mike Cammalleri, the immediate beneficiary of the gaffe, slid a pass to Stempniak, who needed just a tap to put the puck past Hellebuyck at 11:41.
The Jets dominated the opening 15 minutes of the second period, putting eight shots on Schneider while not allowing a shot on Hellebuyck.
It took a Drew Stafford tripping penalty for the Devils to change the momentum, but it was all they needed as Josefson wired a one-time pass from David Schlemko on the power play for a 2-0 lead at 15:49.
Stempniak added his second on the night on a redirected shot from Cammalleri in the third.
Winnipeg would get on the scoreboard late as Byfuglien poked in a rebound that trickled in behind Schneider at 14:51.
Mathieu Perreault didn’t make it out for the second period. The club announced he would not return due to a lower-body injury after being hit by Devils forward Tuomo Ruutu late in the first.
Winnipeg continues a six-game homestand against the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night. New Jersey caps of a two-game road trip with a meeting in Pittsburgh against the Penguins on the same night.