NEWARK, NJ (NEWS1130) – Cory Schneider turned aside 30 of the 31 shots fired his way and Mason Raymond scored the eventual game-winner 2:07 into the second period as the Vancouver Canucks beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1.

Despite arriving in the early hours of the morning following their win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night, the Canucks started the game strong. A pinching Aaron Rome picked up a rebound off of a Chris Tanev point shot and beat Martin Brodeur to open the scoring 8:44 into the first period.

The Devils responded after the Rome goal, outshooting the Canucks 5-0 through the rest of the first period to lead 8-6 in the shot department through 20 minutes, but Vancouver took a 1-0 lead into the break.

The Canucks gave themselves a bit of a cushion when Raymond took a drop-pass from David Booth and beat Brodeur blocker side to make it 2-0 on Vancouver’s first shot of the second period.

New Jersey got on the board just past the midway mark of the second period. A Patrick Elias centring pass deflected off Adam Clarkson and past Schneider to cut the Canucks’ lead to 2-1.

Vancouver came inches away from restoring its’ two-goal lead late in the middle period when Chris Higgins fired a shot off the post while shorthanded.

The Devils picked up the pace in the third period, outshooting the Canucks 10-5 in the final frame, but they couldn’t beat Schneider for the equalizer.

Schneider faced nearly double the amount of pucks that Brodeur did, as the Canucks were outshot 31-16.

Only three penalties were called in the game. New Jersey was 0-for-2 with the man advantage, while the Canucks were unsuccessful on their only attempt.

With the win, Vancouver jumped ahead of Detroit for the top spot in the NHL with 86 points.

The Canucks will continue their six-game road trip on Sunday. They’ll meet the Dallas Stars for a matinee.