NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Cory Schneider has played in so many low-scoring games this season that his coach compared him to a pitcher who needs a shutout to win.
"We don't give him a lot of run support and I think he's starting to get used to that," New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. "He's figured it out that he has to pitch a shutout."
Schneider made 26 saves while "pitching" his third shutout of the season and Michael Ryder scored his fourth goal in five games to lead the Devils past the Dallas Stars 1-0 on Thursday night.
Schneider came up with his biggest save in the closing seconds when Tyler Seguin of the Stars put one on net, but he turned it away to clinch the game.
"Even with 8 seconds left, they can still come up the ice and make something happen," Schneider said. "Fortunately, I was able to stick that one away and it didn't hit my guy and go in. Winning is always better, no matter how it happens, 5-4 or 1-0."
Schneider earned his first victory since Dec. 28 against the New York Islanders. Schneider's previous shutout was also a 1-0 victory against Buffalo on Nov. 30. He also blanked the Rangers in October.
Ryder, who scored 35 goals three seasons ago while playing for the Stars, netted his team-leading 15th on a pass from Travis Zajac.
"I went through a little stretch there where the puck wasn't going in and I just stuck with it," Ryder said. "If you keep shooting, eventually you'll find the back of the net. It's going in for me now."
Despite stellar goaltending by Kari Lehtonen, who made 33 saves, Dallas dropped its fourth straight.
"I think that is the problem when you are losing a lot," Lehtonen said. "You are not consistently playing well. We need to keep working. During a season, there are tough times and really good times. Our job is to cut this as short as possible and start playing well again."
Ryder connected at 8:17 of the second period. Ryane Clowe sent the puck behind the net and Zajac held on until he could slip it to Ryder for his shot from the edge of the right circle that beat Lehtonen to his stick side.
"One-nothing games are games that goalies want," Lehtonen said. "I wish we would have been the one with the one goal at the end. It was a tight game and their goalie played great. That's how it goes."