But before the Sharks broke the game open in the middle stanza, Jones made a flurry of big stops at the end of the first against a speedy-Devils offense that came into the game averaging 4.29 goals per game.
The Devils couldn't muster a strong push in the later stages against the rested Sharks. With the puck behind the New Jersey net, Hirschier headed toward the goal and stuffed a Taylor Hall feed past Anderson.
The Devils recalled goalie Scott Wedgewood from Binghamton of the American Hockey League.
Schneider left after the second period.
Pavelski tipped in Braun's point shot at 5:49.
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The remaining drama centered on Jones' shutout bid.
The New Jersey Devils formally announced on Friday afternoon that the surging Eastern Conference franchise has placed starting goaltender Cory Schneider, who is battling a lower-body injury, on injured reserve retroactive to October 19. Mueller, a healthy scratch in three of the previous four games, returned for the Devils to face the Sharks, the team that drafted him in the first round, for the first time.
The New Jersey Devils rookie notched four assists in his first six games in the league, but Hischier didn't score a goal through almost the first two weeks of his NHL career. John Moore's overtime tally proved to be the victor for New Jersey.
Sharks: At the New York Islanders on Saturday night.