New Jersey Devils (19-29-5 43pts) vs
Vancouver Canucks (26-23-6 58pts)
Coming off a loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night, the New Jersey Devils look to get back in the win column against the Vancouver Canucks this evening. The beginning of the game was a feeling out process between the two teams until Jack Hughes opened up the scoring first for the Devils at the 9:15 mark. Hughes created a turnover in his own zone and turned it into a two on one before firing a shot past Canucks goalie Jaroslav Halak for a 1-0 lead. The rest of the period was very good for New Jersey as they were able to expand their lead thanks to goals from Yegor Sharngovich and a Dawson Mercer power play goal. Sharngovich received a pass from Mercer at the goal line in right before roofing it over the goalies glove for his thirteenth goal of the season. Merger’s goal happened by getting good position on his defender at the back post as he tapped in a cross slot pass from Jesper Bratt for his thirteenth goal of the season. After the first period, the Devils would lead the Canucks 3-0.
Vasily Podkolzin got the Canucks on the board early in period two as he redirected a shot into the back of the net to cut the deficit to two goals. However, New Jersey got their three goal lead back thanks to Jesper Boqvist who got around defenseman Quinn Hughes and put the puck into the back of the net for his fifth goal of the season. The Devils would not be done scoring as they picked up two more goals as Ryan Graves got a redirection from a point shot, and Jesper Bratt sniped one top shelf from the right face off circle. Vancouver would pull goalie Jaroslav Halak in favor of Thatcher Demko who gave up six goals on fourteen shots. Tanner Pearson did get one back for the Canucks as he one timed a shot from the high slot for his eleventh goal of the season. After two periods, it would be 6-2 in favor of the Devils.
In the third period, the Devils would lock the game down and even added one more to make it 7-2 as Dougie Hamilton jumped into the rush, and skated towards the net where he roofed a shot for his eighth goal of the season to help seal the victory for the Devils over the Canucks with a final score of 7-2. New Jersey gets right back to it again tomorrow night as they head out on the road to play the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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Next Up: New Jersey Devils @ Columbus Blue Jackets, Tuesday 3/1/22 7pm EST