New Jersey Devils (24-37-5 53pts) v.s
Montreal Canadiens (18-37-11 47pts)
Despite last night’s loss in Washington, the New Jersey Devils have a lot to be excited about as they return home to host the Montreal Canadiens. What’s exciting for the Devils is the season debut of Miles Wood who’s been recovering from hip surgery the majority of the season. Wood was ready and raring to go as he created several offensive chances early on, especially his first couple shifts of his season. Both would trade chances but would remain scoreless until Jack Hughes scored his twenty-third of the season with under a minute left in the period. Hughes capitalized off of a sloppy turnover by Canadiens goalie Sam Montembeauot and wristed the puck past him for the goal and giving the Devils a 1-0 lead heading into the intermission.
Jack Hughes wouldn’t be done scoring for the night and expanded the Devils lead to 2-0 on a power power play goal at the 14:16 mark of the second period. Passing was exceptional on the power play as Jesper Bratt fed a no look cross ice pass to the right face off circle where Hughes would wrist a shot into the back of the net for his twenty-fourth of the season. However, Montreal got within one as Josh Anderson would tip in a shot from Jesse Ylonen to beat Devils goalie Nico Daws as the power play expired. The New Jersey Devils would take a 2-1 lead heading into the third period.
The Devils held on for the most of the third period but couldn’t with under a minute to go as Montreal tied the game with the extra attacker. Rem Pitlick tied it up as he got a rebound at the side of the net and buried the puck into the back of the net to tie the game 2-2 and force overtime. In overtime, Montreal thought they won it with a Mike Hoffman goal but it turned out the puck didn’t go all the way across the goal line and we would need a shootout. It would take seven rounds but the Devils would get the shootout winner thanks to Yegor Sharngovich and a nice Nico Daws stop on Paul Byron to earn the victory by a final score of 3-2. The Devils return to action on Thursday night as they ship up to Boston to take on the Bruins.
New Jersey Devils
GOAL (NJ) 19:16- Jack Hughes (Unassisted)
GOAL (NJ) Power Play 14:16- Jack Hughes (Jesper Bratt, Damon Severson)
GOAL (MTL) 17:36- (John Anderson (Jesse Ylonen, Chris Wideman)
GOAL (MTL) 19:18- Rem Pitlick (Christian Dvorak, Cole Canfield)
Next Up: New Jersey Devils @ Boston Bruins, Thursday 3/31/22 7pm EST