NEWARK, NJ (AP) – The younger New Jersey Devils are making a reputation for themselves – within the group’s file guide.
Nico Hischier had three assists and the no-name Devils beat the Connor McDavid-led Edmonton Oilers 5-2 on Monday night time to match the franchise mark with their thirteenth straight victory.
“I assume we’re up there with the historical past guide,” Hischier stated. “Nobody goes to take that away from us now and it feels good. It is proof that we’re a superb group, that we are able to win hockey video games, that we do not have to cover anymore.”
Jesper Bratt, Dawson Mercer, Damon Severson, Tomas Tatar and Yegor Sharangovich scored for the Devils, who have not misplaced since October 24 in opposition to Washington. Vitek Vanecek made 27 saves for New Jersey.
“It is nice to win,” stated Bratt, who leads the group with 24 factors. “So it is throughout the rink and being with the fellows and enjoying these necessary video games. Which means quite a bit, and profitable is one of the best factor you are able to do in hockey. “
The Devils nonetheless have three quarters of the season to go, however are nicely on their technique to making the playoffs for the primary time for the reason that 2017-18 season.
“We have had a superb run. We all know we’re form of within the hunt now,” stated coach Lindy Ruff. “We all know we will anticipate one of the best from each group as a result of we to get recognition. So now we have to deal with that half. However you possibly can’t say in 19 video games, ‘We despatched a message to the league.’
Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored for the Oilers, overwhelmed twice by New Jersey through the run. Stuart Skinner made 23 saves, however Hischier took the puck off his stick early within the second interval to ship Mercer’s objective right into a wide-open internet.
“Positively a tough recreation. Powerful loss,” Skinner stated. “Clearly they seem to be a good group. They’re clearly sizzling proper now too. They’ve nice gamers that make nice performs and it was simply robust to lose, particularly two in a row for these guys. However all we are able to do is study from our errors and transfer on.”
Severson prolonged the margin to 3-1 on a counterattack minutes later.
Edmonton made a push early within the third. Nugent-Hopkins lower it to 3-2 at 4:52 and had a detailed likelihood to tie it, solely to be stopped by Vanecek, who superior to 9-1.
Tatar gave the Devils some respiratory room a few minute later, gliding down Mercer’s shot and beating Skinner. Sharangovich added an insurance coverage objective with 5:15 to go.
Jack Hughes had two assists for the Devils.
NIGHT ARRIVAL IN HEAVEN
Not solely did Skinner rating the objective for the Devils, netminder Jack Campbell additionally had a foul night time.
Sitting on the bench late within the second interval, Campbell was lower when he was hit within the face by a seemingly deflated puck by Devils defenseman Dougie Hamilton. Campbell left the bench instantly and didn’t return for the third interval.
“I went and noticed him after the second interval, and he was smiling and laughing. So that is the form of particular person he’s,” Skinner stated. “However no, he had a really bloody nostril and clearly it is laborious to see that occur, particularly for him. I feel it is high quality.”
UP THE FATHER
Oilers: Proceed rolling by way of the New York metropolitan space after they go to the Islanders on Wednesday. Edmonton finishes in New York Metropolis on Saturday in opposition to the Rangers.
Devils: Host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night time.