New Jersey Devils (17-22-7 41pts) @ Toronto Maple Leafs (25-16-6 56pts)
After two exciting wins over two of the best teams in the NHL, tonight the Devils head north of the border to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs. Unfortunately for the Devils, they were no match for the high flying and offensively skilled young Maple Leafs. New Jersey got off to a poor start as they gave up three goals in the first period. Leafs goals came from John Tavares, Frederick Gauthier, and Zach Hyman to take a 3-0 lead going into the second period.
Despite getting Blake Coleman’s sixteenth goal of the season, things continued to get worse for the Devils as Toronto struck two more times as William Nylander and Auston Matthews each scored. Devils starting goalie Louis Domingue was pulled in favor of backup Cory Schneider. After two periods, the Toronto Maple Leafs would lead the New Jersey Devils 5-1.
Period three wasn’t any better for the Devils as Auston Matthews scored his second goal of the game extending the Maple Leafs lead. Blake Coleman moments scored his second goal of the game as well to make the deficit only four goals. Later on in the period, Coleman struck again as he completed the hat trick and currently has eighteen goals to add to his already strong season so far. Moments later, PK Subban would get in on the offense and get the Devils within two goals on a late period power play. However it didn’t matter, as Auston Matthews would score and complete his hat trick and give the Leafs the win with a final score of 7-4. ￼New Jersey is back in action as they have a rematch with the Washington Capitals on Thursday night after defeating them 5-1 this past Saturday night.￼
New Jersey Devils
Toronto Maple Leafs
Final Stats: NJ – 4 TOR – 7
Shots: 29 34
Hits: 20 17
PP: 1/4 2/4
Faceoffs: 40% 60%