November 17, 2019 • NEW JERSEY DEVILS NEWS & CLIPS

November 17, 2019 • NEW JERSEY DEVILS NEWS & CLIPS

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    The Devils defeated the Montréal Canadians, 4-3 in overtime at Bell Centre last night, in the back end of their fifth of 16 sets of back-to-back action. The club will face-off against the Boston Bruins Nov. 19 at Prudential Center.

Abbey Matracco, northjersey.com, spoke with Taylor Hall about the win, “Tonight was a gritty effort,” Hall said. “To come on the road and win back-to-back, it might not sound like much but that’s something that can really galvanize a team.”

P.K. Subban spoke about the clubs victory, “We stuck to a plan,” Devils defenseman P.K. Subban said “We’ve been in so many devastating positions this season where we’ve lost games late, been scored on late in periods. We’re happy to see all that stuff behind us.”

 

Mackenzie Blackwood commented on his workload, “It’s a bit of an adjustment,” he said. “I don’t think I’ve ever played this many games in a row continuously, like 10 of 12, I don’t think I’ve ever done something like that in my whole hockey career. But it’s OK, I feel good, my game is coming along well and I have a chance to work on a lot of things and just keep getting out there and playing.”

Head coach John Hynes spoke about Blackwood’s game, “He was big. We don’t win the game if Blackwood doesn’t have a game like that. It’s nice to see him being consistent in his game.”

 

 

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  1. GAME STORY: Devils 4, Canadiens 3 OT

by Chris Wescott, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/news/game-story-devils-4-canadiens-3-ot/c-311409636?tid=277567796]]

 

MONTREAL, QC – Kyle Palmieri completed the comeback win in overtime, scoring the winner in the 4-3 victory over the Canadiens in Montreal.

New Jersey was hoping for a better result on the scoreboard after the first period in which they outshot the Habs 20-9. However, the first ended in a 1-1 tie.

Brendan Gallagher scored at 18:41 of the opening frame to give Montreal a 1-0 lead at home. But it wouldn’t take long for the Devils to respond.

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WHAT’S NEXT

The Devils return home to host the Bruins on Tuesday. The game can be seen on MSG and heard on the Devils Hockey Network, including right here at NewJerseyDevils.com. Puck drop is 7:08 p.m. ET.

Nikita Gusev buried a feed from Blake Coleman 60 seconds later to tie the game heading into the intermission. It was Gusev’s fifth of the season.

The celebrations were short-lived, however, with Cale Fleury scoring his first goal at 7:43 of the second.

The Devils got into penalty trouble late in the frame and Montreal capitalized with a 5-on-3 power-play tally by Nick Suzuki at 18:42.

Nico Hischier made it a one-goal game again, burying a 2-on-1 rush chance with just 1.1 seconds left in the middle frame. It was a 3-2 game heading into the third.

At 15:12 of the third period, the Devils tied things up at 3-3, courtesy of Wayne Simmonds on the doorstep. Simmond put home a Taylor Hallpass for his third goal in four games.

Palmieri’s goal 1:30 in OT sealed the win for the Devils, their second straight.

 

  1. SUNDAYS WITH STAN: Birth of a Rivalry

by Stan Fischler, special newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/news/sundays-with-stan-birth-of-a-rivalry/c-311445652?tid=277567796

 

When Dr. John McMullen became the first owner of the New Jersey Devils in 1982, he instantly knew that his club’s keenest rival camped across the Hudson on Seventh Avenue in Manhattan.

“The question is,” Doc Mac wondered, “was how fast will our rivalry with the Rangers develop?”

Some journalists will tell you it happened in record time. Others will note that it took a bit longer.

Perhaps the best analysis was provided by current Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin. A Devils rookie in 1991, Guerin put it straight to author Tim Sullivan in Sully’s fine work, Battle On The Hudson.

Guerin: “They were New York. We were New Jersey. They were established. We weren’t. There was always a feeling that if we’re going to do anything in this league we’re going to have to go through them. They were our biggest rival.”

For ignition of the rivalry, McMullen didn’t even have to wait for his first training camp to open in September 1982. Months earlier he had to pay the Rangers — as well as the Islanders and Flyers –for the right to move to New Jersey.

But it was the Rangers that Doc Mac resented most and he expressed that dislike in various ways. As for the Blueshirts, McMullen made a classic request of his play-by-play man, Larry Hirsch. Those choice words were articulated in author Matthew Blittner’s book Unforgettable NJ Devils.

Hirsch: “John McMullen hated the Rangers. He wanted nothing to do with the Rangers. He told me that if I so much as mentioned the Rangers, I’d be fired. In New Jersey, he wanted to create his own thing.

“He told me: ‘Larry, I don’t want to hear anything about the Rangers on your broadcasts.’ Yes, sir!” At the end of the year, we were Number One in the ratings.”

Actually, it was hard not to discuss the Broadway Blueshirts. While the Devils were struggling to win games in their maiden season, the Rangers — under Olympic hero Herb Brooks — had become an exciting sextet.

Yet when the Devils, coached by Billy MacMillan — he also was general manager — hosted Brooks & Company on October 8, 1982, the final score, 3-2 for New Jersey, seemed more like something out of a science fiction flick.

The Devils not only beat Brooks’ Blueshirts but unveiled an instant fan favorite in goalie Glenn (Chico) Resch who made 21 of 23 saves.

Chico had a healthy hate on for the Rangers from his days as a New York Islander. No Devil exulted more when it came to beating the big-shots from The Big Apple than Resch. He made that clear in Unforgettable NJ Devils.

Resch: “That win was as special as any that I had with the Devils because we beat the Rangers and it solidified our fan base. It got them excited. Got my teammates excited too.

“Our guys realized that if we wanted to get respect early on, beating the Rangers was a good way to do it.”

That it was, but the euphoria didn’t last long. The man who became revered as “Mister Devil,” Ken Daneyko, was a raw rookie in 1982. Beating the Rangers gave him a thrill, but looking backward he was more apt to wince than smile.

“Over that season, we were a mess,” said Daneyko. “We had a lot of learning to do; a lot of growing. Most people around the NHL thought we’d never reach our potential.”

But they did although it was a slow — almost agonizing — process What proved a balm was any win over the New Yorkers. Or course, some wins over the Blueshirts were better than others, especially in those early years.

Broadcaster Hirsch remembers one such triumph that had him, literally, going nuts because of the acute, building melodrama. The game took place on November 2, 1985, at Byrne Arena.

With about eight minutes left in the third period, the game looked in the bag for the Visitors. It was 5-2 for New York. Hirsch, like everyone else in the building, could not imagine what soon would happen, not in his wildest dreams.

Here’s how he described it to author Matthew Blittner: Then the Devils score, it was 5-3. They scored again, 5-4. Now I’m saying,’Hey, we can pull the goaltender.’ And while I’m building this scenario, the coach of the Rangers, Ted Sator, did the most amazing thing.

“After we made it 5-4, he pulled his goalie, Terry Kleisinger, and put in the second-stringer, John Vanbiesbrouck, to change the pace and slow the game down.”

Like many broadcasters, Hirsch was broadcasting as if he were a fan. Sure enough, Tim Higgins scored for New Jersey with 32 seconds remaining in the third period. The crowd roar virtually drowned out Hirsch’s call but there still was overtime to be played.

Hirsch: “Right from the O.T. face-off, Peter McNab gave the puck to Mel Bridgman from the right circle. Bingo, 6-5, game over! At that point I was in such a lather, I was at such a peak when I called the goal. Do you know where I ended up? I literally climbed up on the seat on the table in the Meadowlands press box, my hands were spread out.

I was pumping my fist. I was standing up on the table and fans were looking at me. It was a moment of insanity, but it was one of those moments in hockey where you just let it all out.”

Exhausted, Hirsch eventually returned home and turned on the tv news just in time to hear CBS sportscaster Warner Wolf describing the Devils win over the Rangers. After showing the winning goal, Wolf then further arrested Hirsch’s attention.

Warner then started talking about my reaction,” Hirsch remembered. “He said ‘If you think the crowd is going crazy you should see the Devils announcer.’ They showed me up on the tables, my hands spread out and everything like that for everybody in New York to see.”

Rangers fans took a dim view of Hirsch’s antics yet the Blueshirts Faithful still remained secure in the knowledge that the Devils were far from being a playoff contender.

What disturbed McMullen about the rivalry was the fact that so many New Jersey-based hockey fans refused to take the state’s NHL team to their bosoms. On any given night when the Rangers were hosted in East Rutherford, at least half the audience was rooting for the Blueshirts.

When a reporter asked Doc Mac for an explanation why so many Jerseyites continued to root for the Manhattan team, his response was, “It’s genetic.”

Author Tim Sullivan did notice a slight change of fandom affection toward the newcomers; but it required a few years’ time.

“There were some converts, clearly,” wrote Sullivan. “The Devils presence for many New Jersey hockey fans, meant a more affordable, way of seeing the sport they loved.”

Those early victories over the Cross-Hudson rivals created interest among previously dis-interested media names. One of them was WFAN’s Chris (Mad Dog) Russo co-star of the Mike And The Mad Dog show.

” At first,” Russo remembered, “the Devils were an easy target. But (with wins over the Rangers) they started a process of gaining respect.”

It was a slow process — too slow to suit Dr. McMullen — but it finally would reach fruition in 1988.

Meanwhile, the Mickey Mouse imagery still was hard to shake. In fact it wasn’t until the arrival of Lou Lamoriello — like the legendary Lochinvar riding to the rescue — that the Devils once and for all destroyed the Rangers.

LISTS: FOUR KEY CHARACTERS WHO HELPED REINFORCE THE DEVILS IN THE GROWING RIVALRY WITH THE RANGERS:

  1. GLENN RESCH: Having beaten the Blueshirts enough during his days as an Islander, goalie Chico knew how to deflate the Manhattan-ites with his pads and his palaver.
  2. LARRY HIRSCH: A budding franchise needs a rah-rah play-by-play man and Larrupin’ Larry filled the bill to a “T,” as in terrific. His overtime call on Mel Bridgman’s winner against the Rangers became an instant radio legend.
  3. RICH CHERE: Having a first-rate newsman covering the team is an immense asset. Newark Star-Ledger beat man, Chere, covered every Devils-Rangers game. His stories gave the newcomers a touch of class in the tough early years.
  4. JOHN MCMULLEN: A decorated Navy hero in World War II, Doc Mac’s toughness as a leader of men and commander of his team was the kind of beautiful branding that diminished any of the Rangers superiority on the ice.

(NEXT WEEK: THE CRUCIAL (1985-86) SEASON FOR DOUG CARPENTER AND CHICO RESCH)

 

  1. Kyle Palmieri scores OT winner in Devils’ wild victory over Canadiens

By Chris Ryan, NJ Advanced Media

https://www.nj.com/devils/2019/11/kyle-palmieri-scores-ot-winner-in-devils-wild-victory-over-canadiens.html

 

As you’re reading this, another penalty has been called in the game between the Devils and Montreal Canadiens.

Not really, but would you be shocked?

A relatively clean game turned into a parade to the penalty box between the two teams in the final period, with nine penalties called between them.

The Devils trailed 3-2 entering the final frame, and the final power play of the period provided a game-tying goal from Wayne Simmonds with 4:48 left in regulation.

The Canadiens then appeared to score a go-ahead goal in the final minute of regulation when Phillip Danault fell into the crease and pushed a loose puck across the line at the bottom of a scrum. It was called a goal on the ice, but video review overturned it, ruling Danault kicked the puck into the net. It was technically pushed in with his thigh, but that constituted a kicking motion.

After a bizarre 20 minutes to close regulation, the game went to overtime, and Kyle Palmieri scored the game-winning goal to give the Devils a 4-3 win over the Canadiens on Saturday at Bell Centre in Montreal.

Palmieri’s winner came on yet another power play in overtime, with Taylor Hall setting him up for a one-timer from the left circle.

Former Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid made 39 saves in the loss, while Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 31 shots for the Devils.

The Devils never led in regulation, but they got two goals in the final minutes of the first two periods to keep their chances alive.

They dominated play in the first period, recording 20 shots to just nine for the Canadiens. And it appeared the Habs were going to take a lead into the locker room before Nikita Gusev provided a late strike.

The Canadiens grabbed a 1-0 lead at 18:41 of the first period when Brendan Gallagher deflected a Jeff Petry pass high over Blackwood.

But a strong forecheck from the line of Gusev, Travis Zajac and Blake Coleman allowed the Devils to answer. After Gusev had on dangerous shot saved, Zajac got the puck back. He got the puck to Coleman in the slot, and he dropped a pass to Gusev on the left, who had a clean look at an open net at 19:41.

The Canadiens struck for the next two goals in the second period. Cale Fleury scored the first of his NHL career when he skated down the slot and beat Blackwood with a backhander at 7:43.

Nick Suzuki scored a 5-on-3 power-play goal at 18:42, and the Devils still needed to kill another penalty trailing 3-1. That’s when Nico Hischier delivered the first shorthanded goal of the season.

Hischier was stopped on a breakaway by Kinkaid, forcing the Devils to drop back and defend. But Pavel Zacha recovered the puck and started a 2-on-1 rush. He found Hischier on the left side, and Hischier went five-hole with 1.1 seconds left in the period to pull the Devils within 3-2.

Next up

The Devils will be off on Sunday before returning to practice on Monday. They will return home to host the Boston Bruins on Tuesday.

 

  1. Montreal Canadiens represent identity check for New Jersey Devils

By Kyle McKenna, Elite Sports NY

https://elitesportsny.com/2019/11/16/montreal-canadiens-represent-identity-check-for-new-jersey-devils/

 

While it seems like every game in November has been a must-win contest for the New Jersey Devils, their matchup against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on Saturday night is a true test.

A true test for this team’s compete-level, character and in the words of head coach John Hynes — “What team are we going to be?”

I’m not sure about you, but I’m picturing that scene from the comedy film, Zoolander, when actor Ben Stiller is pondering (literally) staring into a puddle and asks, “Who am I?”

Hynes was asked during Friday night’s postgame press conference about the importance of collecting a victory and rebounding in the second game of a back-to-back set.

Devils head coach John Hynes talked about the effort he got from his goaltender tonight.

“He was big. We don’t win the game if Blackwood doesn’t have a game like that. It’s nice to see him being consistent in his game.”

The reality is that Jersey has struggled with back-to-back sets this season. New Jersey improved to 1-2-2 in first games, after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins by a score of 2-1 on Friday night at the Prudential Center.

But the true test and who the Devils really are will be answered Saturday night in the wonderful hockey city of Montreal.

Entering the contest, New Jersey is 1-2-1 during second games for back-to-back contests. For the record, it’s New Jersey’s fifth of 16 back-to-back sets on the year.

Additionally, New Jersey is 3-2-1 in Montreal since 2015-16, and defenseman P.K. Subban has recorded five assists in five career games against his former squad.

Still, when reflecting on those numbers — it’s not shocking that the Devils are among the worst teams in the Eastern Conference standings. New Jersey finds itself in second to last place, only ahead of a rebuilding Detroit Red Wings team.

Playoff-bound teams win back-to-back sets with perhaps a couple of minor bumps along the way. But for New Jersey, consistency has been the team’s truest enemy.

It seems that New Jersey appears to be a contender for a playoff spot on one occasion, but then loses to a non-playoff contender the next night, or two nights later.

While fans seemed content with the team posting a 3-2-0 record on last week’s road trip, was it really that promising?

Probably not.

The team’s loss to Ottawa on Wednesday night wasn’t either, nor was the recent victory against Pittsburgh.

New Jersey was outplayed in the 2-1 victory against the black and gold, however, the inconsistent MacKenzie Blackwood stole one for the boys after stopping 38 of 39 shots.

For those who didn’t tune in to the game, Pittsburgh was missing three of its top players in Sidney Crosby, Patric Hornqvist, and Kris Letang.

But who cares about that, right?

Let’s put it this way — Pittsburgh could have peppered the Devils’ young netminder with another 10 shots on goal if two out of those three players were in the Steel City’s lineup. Plus, Jersey arguably may have generated less offense had the Penguins been fully healthy.

However, as this hockey enthusiast says too often — let’s give credit where it’s due.

The team avoided blowing a lead in the third period and at home, which let’s be honest ‘we are the ones’ who’ve lost track of how many times that’s happened this season.

As coach Hynes mentioned in the postgame Friday night, Saturday against Montreal is an “opportunity” to not only prove to the fans but themselves just what type of team the Devils truly are.

 

5.Takeaways from NJ Devils ‘galvanizing’ OT win over Habs

by Abbey Mastracco, NHL writer

https://www.northjersey.com/story/sports/nhl/devils/2019/11/17/nj-devils-montreal-canadiens/4199865002/

MONTREAL — A game that started off as a battle between the goalies of the New Jersey Devils’ past and present turned into a game of who can keep their cool longer and capitalize on special teams. As it turns out, it was the Devils and goalie Mackenzie Blackwood who did those last two things better than former New Jersey goalie Keith Kinkaid and the Montreal Canadiens.

Nikita Gusev scored his fifth goal of the season, Nico Hischier scored the Devils’ first shorthanded goal of the season and Taylor Hall set up Wayne Simmonds for the equalizer late in the third period and Kyle Palmieri for the overtime power play goal to lead New Jersey to a 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night at Bell Centre. Blackwood made 40 saves playing for the second straight night.

“Tonight was a gritty effort,” Hall said. “To come on the road and win back-to-back, it might not sound like much but that’s something that can really galvanize a team.”

But really, none of that even comes close to summarizing the wildest game of the season so far. There might be a lot to unpack, but here are the most important parts the Devils are taking with them moving forward as they try to lengthen this two-game winning streak.

Moments that mattered

The Devils threw so much at Kinkaid and the Habs through the first two periods they nearly tied their season-high mark for shot attempts through the first 40 minutes. But despite the fact that they dictated the pace, it was Montreal who had a 3-2 lead coming into the third period, which turned into a special teams battle right away

Nine penalties were assessed between both teams. But non-stop whistles prevented any sort of flow in the third period. It was a tightly officiated game with calls ranging from controversial to ticky-tacky and everywhere in between.

There was a period in which the Devils were down a man in a 4-on-3, then got a man out of the box to go 4-on-4 and then eventually they had a power play.

Right before a power play expired, Hall hit Simmonds on the far side of the crease for the alley-oop at 15:12, tying the game at 3-3.

“The focus level was there,” coach John Hynes said. “The bench was good, everybody stayed organized and ready to go.”

Emotions could have boiled over after the Habs briefly took a lead with just 47 seconds left to play. A frantic scramble resulted with Phillip Danault in the net with the puck behind Blackwood. It looked like the Devils’ efforts were going to be wasted once again, but after several reviews, the officials found Danault kicked into the net with his hip and took it off the board.

It could have been a penalty shot since Hischier inadvertently covered the puck with his hand in the crease. It could have been a good goal since Danault was pushed into the net. But after several calls against New Jersey this season, the Devils finally got one that went their way.

“It was mayhem out there,” Blackwood said. “We’ve been on the wrong end of a lot of those calls.”

Hall might lead the Devils with 15 assists and 17 points but he’s still only scored two goals this season. He knows people are watching that total and waiting for it to increase. He hasn’t been without chances. He had four shots on goal on Saturday night and three high-danger chances.

“As an individual, there’s such a fine line between making plays and getting points,” Hall said. “It’s tough, because that’s really what people look at.”

But those feeds Hall made to Simmonds and Palmieri might be just as important as his own scoring total. Though his scoring total is important, Hall has always made contributions in all aspects of the game, which is why he’s such an important player.

“He stayed with it, came up and made some key plays at key times,” Hynes said. “That’s what makes him a good player. If he’s not scoring, it’s how else can he help us win? Whether it’s defending or how hard you’re playing or setting other players up. Tonight he did all of that.”

Cage match

The whistles weren’t all from penalties. Some of them were from the way Kinkaid plays.

“I have a theory that that tends to happen a lot when Kinker is in the net,” Hall said. “It just seems like he covers a lot and pucks stick to him, which is a good thing for him but it certainly slows the game down a little bit.”

It may not be quite as fun on the other end of it.

Meanwhile, on the other end of the ice, Blackwood started in his second game in as many nights. He faced a heavy workload Friday against the Pittsburgh Penguins and Saturday in Montreal, stopping 40-of-43 shots faced and he was admittedly tired, but not concerningly so. This is the most amount of work he’s had in his NHL career, so it’s natural to feel fatigued, but he feels he’ll be ready to go Monday against the Boston Bruins and wants to make his 12th start in 14 games.

“It’s a bit of an adjustment,” he said. “I don’t think I’ve ever played this many games in a row continuously, like 10 of 12, I don’t think I’ve ever done something like that in my whole hockey career. But it’s OK, I feel good, my game is coming along well and I have a chance to work on a lot of things and just keep getting out there and playing.”

Cory Schneider hasn’t played in more than a week now, which could bring up some other issues, but those are for another day. For now, the Devils are headed back to New Jersey as winners of three of their last eight.

 

  1. Devils overcome two-goal deficit for overtime win over Canadiens

By Associated Press

https://nypost.com/2019/11/17/devils-overcome-two-goal-deficit-for-overtime-win-over-canadiens/

 

MONTREAL — Kyle Palmieri scored a power-play goal 1:30 into overtime to complete the Devils’ comeback from two goals down in a 4-3 win over the Canadiens on Saturday night.

Nikita Gusev, Nico Hischier and Wayne Simmonds also scored for the Devils, who trailed 3-1 late in the second. Mackenzie Blackwood, playing his second game in two nights, stopped 31 shots.

“We stuck to a plan,” Devils defenseman P.K. Subban said “We’ve been in so many devastating positions this season where we’ve lost games late, been scored on late in periods. We’re happy to see all that stuff behind us.”

Palmeiri got the winner on a one-timer from Taylor Hall with Montreal’s Phillip Danault in the penalty box for hooking Hall, giving the Devils their sixth straight win against the Canadiens.
Brendan Gallagher, Cale Fleury and Nick Suzuki scored for the Canadiens, who ended a three-game win streak. Keith Kinkaid made 39 saves against his former team.

“Obviously a lot of motivation to beat them,” Kinkaid said. “I felt really good out there today, really sharp. It stinks not getting the two points. My job is to try to get them two points and I didn’t do that tonight.”

Both teams were playing the second of back-to-back games. New Jersey beat Pittsburgh 2-1 on Friday while Montreal won 5-2 at Washington.

Enlarge ImageNico Hischier scores a goal.AP

The Devils started their comeback when Hischier beat Kinkaid short-handed on a 2-on-1 rush with 2 seconds left in the second period. Kinkaid stopped Hischier on a breakaway less than 30 seconds earlier.

The Canadiens took five penalties in the third period and the lack of discipline finally cost them when Simmonds tied it at 3-3 with 4:48 left. Max Domi was in the box for interference and unsportsmanlike conduct.

“That’s on me,” said Domi, who came into the game with zero penalty minutes this season but was whistled for three penalties in the third period. “I can’t do that. It won’t happen again. You just can’t do that. I’ve got to learn from that.”

Danault appeared to give Montreal a 4-3 lead with 47 seconds left but it was waved off when the referees deemed the forward kicked the puck into the net.

Gallagher got the Canadiens on the scoreboard first as he found space in the slot and got his stick on Jeff Petry’s shot for his ninth of with 1:19 left in the first.

Late-period goals have plagued Montreal all season and Saturday was no exception.

Kinkaid made 19 straight stops to start the game but the 20th shot went in. Gusev was left alone in the crease and scored with 19 seconds on the clock to tie it 1-1.

Montreal took a 2-1 lead when Fleury scored his first NHL goal at 7:43 of the second. The rookie defenseman skated in from the blue line, avoided Pavel Zacha’s slide and beat Blackwood on the backhand.

Suzuki put the Canadiens up 3-1 with a 5-on-3 power-play goal, a tap-in from the side of the net with 1:18 remaining in the second on Domi’s rebound. New Jersey has the league’s worst penalty kill on the road this season.

 

  1. Palmieri Scores in OT, Devils Beat Canadiens 4-3

By The Associated Press

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2019/11/16/sports/hockey/ap-hkn-devils-canadiens.html

 

MONTREAL (AP) — Trailing by two late in the second period, the New Jersey Devils didn’t panic. They maintained their focus and rallied for the win.

Kyle Palmieri scored a power-play goal 1:30 into overtime to complete the Devils’ comeback in a 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

“We stuck to a plan,” Devils defenseman P.K. Subban said “We’ve been in so many devastating positions this season where we’ve lost games late, been scored on late in periods. We’re happy to see all that stuff behind us.”

Nikita Gusev, Nico Hischier and Wayne Simmonds also scored for the Devils, who trailed 3-1 late in the second. Mackenzie Blackwood, playing his second game in two nights, stopped 31 shots.

Palmeiri got the winner on a one-timer from Taylor Hall with Montreal’s Phillip Danault in the penalty box for hooking Hall, giving New Jersey its sixth straight win against the Canadiens.

The Devils started their comeback when Hischier beat Kinkaid short-handed on a 2-on-1 rush with 2 seconds left in the second period. Kinkaid stopped Hischier on a breakaway less than 30 seconds earlier.

The Canadiens took five penalties in the third period and the lack of discipline finally cost them when Simmonds tied it at 3-3 with 4:48 left. Max Domi was in the box for interference and unsportsmanlike conduct.

“That’s on me,” said Domi, who came into the game with zero penalty minutes this season but was whistled for three penalties in the third period. “I can’t do that. It won’t happen again. You just can’t do that. I’ve got to learn from that.”

Domi was penalized when he purposely knocked Blake Coleman’s fallen stick a few feet down the ice at 11:18. He was given an additional two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct for something he said on the way to the box.

“He took responsibility for his actions and he should,” Canadiens coach Claude Julien said. “When you push a guy’s stick, that’s in the rulebook that it’s a penalty.

“Taking responsibility is one thing, following up is another. You hope he can do that.”

Danault appeared to give Montreal a 4-3 lead with 47 seconds left but it was waved off when the referees deemed the forward kicked the puck into the net.

Brendan Gallagher, Cale Fleury and Nick Suzuki scored for the Canadiens, who ended a three-game win streak. Keith Kinkaid made 39 saves against his former team.

“Obviously a lot of motivation to beat them,” Kinkaid said. “I felt really good out there today, really sharp. It stinks not getting the two points. My job is to try to get them two points and I didn’t do that tonight.”

Both teams were playing the second of back-to-back games. New Jersey beat Pittsburgh 2-1 on Friday while Montreal won 5-2 at Washington.

Gallagher got the Canadiens on the scoreboard first as he found space in the slot and got his stick on Jeff Petry’s shot for his ninth of with 1:19 left in the first.

Late-period goals have plagued Montreal all season and Saturday was no exception.

Kinkaid made 19 straight stops to start the game but the 20th shot went in. Gusev was left alone in the crease and scored with 19 seconds on the clock to tie it 1-1.

Montreal took a 2-1 lead when Fleury scored his first NHL goal at 7:43 of the second. The rookie defenseman skated in from the blue line, avoided Pavel Zacha’s slide and beat Blackwood on the backhand.

Suzuki put the Canadiens up 3-1 with a 5-on-3 power-play goal, a tap-in from the side of the net with 1:18 remaining in the second on Domi’s rebound. New Jersey has the league’s worst penalty kill on the road this season.

Subban was playing his sixth game against his former team and Bell Centre fans booed the former crowd favorite every time he touched the puck.

“I’ll never play head games with the fans here,” Subban said. “They almost have every right to boo me with the way they’ve treated me with my time here, even on opposing teams. They’ve never wavered in their support for me.”

NOTES; Canadiens coach Claude Julien shuffled his lines with the injuries to Jonathan Drouin and Paul Byron. Jesperi Kotkaniemi (recovered from groin injury) and Charles Hudon (recalled from AHL) were back in the lineup. … Domi played left wing next to C Suzuki. … Montreal’s Shea Weber extended his point streak to six games. … Legendary Russian goaltender Vladislav Tretiak and new Impact coach Thierry Henry were both in attendance at Bell Centre.

UP NEXT

Devils: Host Boston on Tuesday night.

Canadiens: At Columbus on Tuesday night.

 

 

 

3) TV/VIDEO LINKS –

  1. Recap: NJD 4, MTL 3 – F/OT

by New Jersey Devils

https://www.nhl.com/devils/video/recap-njd-4-mtl-3-fot/t-277437418/c-4611372

 

  1. POST-RAW | Hall 11.16.19 

by New Jersey Devils

https://www.nhl.com/devils/video/post-raw–hall-111619/t-277437418/c-4612091

 

  1. POST-RAW | Blackwood 11.16.19

by New Jersey Devils

https://www.nhl.com/devils/video/post-raw–blackwood-111619/t-277437418/c-4612451

 

  1. POST-RAW | Palmieri 11.16.19

by New Jersey Devils

https://www.nhl.com/devils/video/post-raw–palmieri-111619/t-277437418/c-4612584

 

  1. POST-RAW | Hynes 11.16.19

by New Jersey Devils

https://www.nhl.com/devils/video/post-raw–hynes-111619/t-277437418/c-4612593

 

  1. POST-GAME | Devils At Canadiens

by New Jersey Devils

https://www.nhl.com/devils/video/post-game–devils-at-canadiens/t-277437418/c-4612574

 

  1. HIGHLIGHT: PALMIERI SCORES HUGE OT GOAL FOR DEVILS

by MSG Networks

https://www.msgnetworks.com/videos/highlight-palmieri-scores-huge-ot-goal-for-devils/

 

  1. DEVILS COMPLETE COMEBACK WITH WIN IN OT

by MSG Networks

https://www.msgnetworks.com/videos/devils-complete-comeback-with-win-in-ot/

 

 

4) RADIO LINKS – N/A

5) NATIONAL PRINT/WEB –

  1. Five things we learned from Montreal Canadiens’ 4-3 overtime loss to New Jersey Devils

BY SAMMI SILBER

https://www.sportingnews.com/us/nhl/news/five-things-we-learned-from-montreal-canadiens-4-3-overtime-loss-to-new-jersey-devils/joekeh47hxwt10pa79wuxhvri

 

The Montreal Canadiens are on the up and up. After falling just short of the postseason last year, they’ve been on a mission so far this season, eager to prove that they’re not only a playoff team, but can actually work and lock down a spot this time around.

A top contender in the Atlantic Division this season, Montreal went into Saturday’s game on a roll, winning three straight and posting a 7-2-1 record through their last 10 games. And coming off a dominant 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Friday, the Habs returned to Bell Centre with momentum — and it showed greatly against the last-place New Jersey Devils.

Despite a slow start that saw Montreal outshot 20-9 in the opening frame, the Canadiens still had a decent showing and almost pulled off a late victory until a last-minute goal was waved off. Ultimately, they fell 4-3 in overtime but still got a point out of the contest to improve to 11-5-4 (26 points).

Every player has one game that sticks with him in his career, and that may have come Saturday for Fleury. The 20-year-old defenseman was scoreless through his first 14 games of the season, leaving some wondering when he’d get his first NHL goal, let alone point. With each game came a harder effort, and it finally paid off.

Against the Devils, Fleury appeared to have more energy in his game. He looked solid, skating with a lot more speed and confidence, and it ultimately led to his first NHL goal 7:43 into the second period. Showing off his hands and getting more involved on the forecheck, he was able to deke his way in tight against MacKenzie Blackwood and fire the puck top shelf to make it 2-1.

He also shined in his own end, as his performance didn’t stop at his first goal. Just minutes later on the backcheck he was able to get down and slide across to block a surefire shot with his foot and keep the Canadiens up by one. Through 13:57 of ice time, the defenseman finish with three shots, two hits, two blocks and a plus/minus rating of plus-1.

Brendan Gallagher stays hot

With back-to-back 50-point campaigns these last two years, it’s easy to expect big things from Gallagher. Prior to puck drop against New Jersey, he was already impressing with 15 points in 19 games and kept the ball rolling Saturday.

The 27-year-old forward struck with under two minutes remaining in the first period to make it 1-0 for his ninth goal of the season, as well as his third straight game with a point.

He’s now on pace for a career-high 39-goal season, which also would mark his third straight 30-goal campaign.

Nick Suzuki keeps it going

This Suzuki kid is pretty good at hockey. Like Gallagher, he’s also now riding a three-game point streak, but he’s also making the most of his rookie campaign, showing off his speed, hands and hockey IQ. He’s also proving his worth over the recent stretch and showing that he’s getting the hang of this thing.

Already proving to be a strong bottom-6 center, the 20-year-old forward is showing a lot of confidence and strength so far this season. With a power-play tally to give the Canadiens a two-goal lead in the second, he also showed that he can be an asset on special teams and that he can get to the right areas and follow the puck.

He’s now registered five goals and nine points through 20 games this season, putting him on pace for a 37-point freshman showing. That’s not too shabby for the 2017 first-rounder.

All things considered, a strong game for Phillip Danault

Danault headed into Saturday’s game with four points over his previous two games, including three against Washington just a night before. Not only did he also extend his point streak to three games with an assist — a recurring storyline for the Habs against the Devils — but he was one of their strongest players.

The 26-year-old was able to get to high-scoring areas and take good care of the puck while generating scoring chances, winning faceoffs and playing a physical game. He finished with an assist and three hits while leading all forwards with 20:28 TOI.

His physical, gritty effort was seen through a last-minute goal, where he came speeding into the zone and was tripped up by P.K. Subban while crashing the net. As he fell and sprawled across the crease, he actually scored off his thigh, but it was disallowed as the referees deemed it “kicked” in.

Danault is tripped into the net by Subban and is pushed in with the puck with 49 seconds to go, but the goal is called back.

Keith Kinkaid: “We do a lot of hip thrusts in the summer. That wasn’t a kick.”

It did appear that he pushed it in with the thigh — whether he thrusted his hip to score or was pushed further into the net is debatable — but as per Rule 78.5 (i) of the NHL rule book, “a goal is to be waved off when the puck has been deflected, batted or thrown into the net by an attacking player other than with the stick.”

Despite the result, Danault played a strong overall game and proved to be a top center again for Montreal. He now has 15 points in 20 games and has earned his place on the top line between Gallagher and Tomas Tatar.

An alright showing for Keith Kinkaid

Sure, four goals allowed isn’t great, but given his workload, Kinkaid’s performance wasn’t the worst. The 30-year-old netminder stopped 39 of 43 shots on the night, including 19 of 20 in the first period to keep the game even after one.

He also came up big with a number of strong saves for his team and almost saw his second victory of the season, but ultimately, a late goal from Wayne Simmonds on the power play and a Kyle Palmieri overtime winner sunk him in the end.

While he does need to do better when it comes to pulling together a full 60 minutes, he bailed the Habs out on numerous occasions, especially when the defense was weak at times throughout the night.

The backup is now 1-1-2 with a 4.24 GAA and .887 save percentage while winning four of eight possible points. Overall, Kinkaid and the defense corps will have to improve as to not overload Carey Price, while giving Montreal two stable goaltending options and helping the team stay in playoff position.

 

  1. A new life for P.K. Subban and fiancée Lindsey Vonn in New Jersey

by STU COWAN, MONTREAL GAZETTE

https://montrealgazette.com/sports/hockey/nhl/hockey-inside-out/a-new-life-for-p-k-subban-and-fiancee-lindsey-vonn-in-new-jersey

 

P.K. Subban is still adjusting to his new life in New Jersey with the Devils.

New Jersey acquired the former Canadiens defenceman in a trade with the Nashville Predators at this year’s NHL Draft in June and Subban returned to the Bell Centre for the first time as a Devil Saturday night.

 

Subban played three games against the Canadiens at the Bell Centre when he was with Nashville, registering three assists as the Predators posted a 2-1-0 record in those games. Subban celebrated another win at the Bell Centre Saturday night when the Devils beat the Canadiens 4-3 in overtime. Subban was held off the scoresheet and had three shots in 23:47 of ice time.

 

The Devils are off to a slow start this season with a 7-8-4 record after Saturday night’s win and Subban has 2-3-5 totals and is minus-6.

 

On Saturday afternoon, Subban met with the media for more than 15 minutes at Montreal’s Ritz-Carlton hotel to talk about life with the Devils and moving to New Jersey with his fiancée, Lindsey Vonn, an American who won four World Cup overall championships in alpine skiing, along with a gold medal in the downhill at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

STORY CONTINUES BELOW

Here’s some of what Subban had to say:

 

On adjusting to life in New Jersey:

 

“It’s been great. I know that Lindsey and I, specifically, we love it. It’s a big surprise for me because I didn’t really know much about New Jersey and what it would look like. You know that New York’s close by so you’re thinking maybe there’s not going to be very many trees. But it’s the complete opposite. There’s like deer on our lawn every morning and it’s just a great place to live and, obviously, to start a family, too. It’s great.”

 

On the Devils organization:

 

“The organization’s been first class. It’s been remarkable, really, just an eye-opening experience in how great the people are there. It’s been fun also just playing with younger guys, too. I’ve been on some really competitive teams the past few years and to be with a bit of a younger team has been fun. Coming to the rink every day and watching these guys get better every day has been a ton of fun for me as well.”

 

Was he surprised by the trade to New Jersey?

 

“Not really. I wasn’t really surprised just because I knew that … now you can almost just look at a roster and kind of predict some of the moves that are going to happen. They don’t always end up that way. But in our position we knew that in Nashville it’s a cap team and we had younger players that had developed quickly that needed to get paid. That was the explanation I kind of got and I think everybody kind of got that as well. Everybody’s going to form their opinion on why the trade happened.”

 

On his relationship with the Predators:

 

“I’ve had many conversations with (general manager David Poile) and I even spoke to Lavy (coach Peter Laviolette) at the end of the summer. I’m going to have a great relationship not only with them, but my (former) teammates moving forward and I’m still in touch with all my teammates. It was really a great time there. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about the city of Nashville and the organization and how they treated me. I mean those are some of the most winningest years I’ve ever had in my career. So it’s the closest I’ve gotten to a Stanley Cup and I can tell you it smells good when you get that close. So, hopefully to get back there again with New Jersey.”

 

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On how his fiancée helped him deal with trade to New Jersey:

 

“Last night she posted a video of having to take out the trash because I forgot to. She’s been great in the transition and really helping me transition to New Jersey. It’s definitely a lot easier (than when he was single and traded from the Canadiens to Nashville). It’s more stuff with two people and three dogs, but it is a lot easier to have someone that can help with the transition and get things coordinated from moving to finding a place, doing all that stuff. She’s done a remarkable job with it even though her schedule’s pretty hectic.”

 

On his health at age 30 after missing 19 games last season:

 

“I feel great. I can’t thank my trainers and everyone over the summer who helped me get ready for the season. I think also it was different. The travel playing in the Central Division (with Nashville) is a lot different than playing in the East, I can tell you that. Different type of hockey, different type of scheduling and all that stuff. Maybe I was just a little bit out of my element not being able to have my own personal team get to certain cities and all that stuff and maybe that set me back a little bit. But listen, I feel great. I feel good on the ice. No excuses (smiles).”

 

On the current Canadiens team:

 

“The last time I was here after the game I said that I felt that they had a lot of good young talent and they had a good team and building for it. You can see it now. The game, you need to have youth in your roster. You need to have some experience, too, but you need to have that energy every night and you could tell they are playing with it. It shouldn’t be hard to play with energy when you’re in the Bell Centre, so I would expect them to have a ton of energy tonight — even though it’s a back-to-back for both teams.”

 

Why he’s confident the Devils can make the playoffs:

 

“Oh, man, we got a lot more games to play. We got a lot of games to play and I’ve been in this situation. I’ve been in situations where we’ve started the season out hot and it looks like nothing can go wrong and some of those years were here and we didn’t make the playoffs. So I think for our team, what I like is when we play we’re a tough team to play against. There’s no question that one of the exciting things about coming to the New Jersey Devils wasn’t that you knew you were going to score six or seven goals a night, but you knew that the Devils are always competing in those 2-1, 2-0, 1-0, 3-2 games and that’s the style that they play. I love that because I think that if your team can win games 1-0, 2-0 and 3-2, there’s going to be nights when you’re going to score more than those goals, but I think that that’s how you have success in the playoffs and the New Jersey Devils have always had great teams and teams that have been able to compete in the playoffs and I just wanted to be a part of that and I have a lot of trust in the coaching staff as well, seeing the way they’ve done things. And that’s where my hope is is that we are going to be in the playoffs and we’re going to have a chance at it. But we have to be realistic about our situation right now. We’re not in a playoff position right now, so we have a lot of work to do and it starts tonight.”

 

On Shea Weber, the player the Canadiens acquired when they traded him:

 

“Just like a lot of great players in the league, his career speaks for himself. He’s always been an impact player and he’s always played in pretty much all situations as far as I’m concerned. I would expect that out of him. But there’s a lot of great players in the league and the longer you play you’re going to go through the ebbs and flows of a professional career and that’s injuries. I’ve been very lucky that my injuries haven’t been too crazy and I’ve been able to keep them to a minimum. But that’s what also happens when you play the game the right way. There’s a lot of guys that go through their careers and don’t have injuries, but they’ve never hit anyone, you know what I mean? Or taken a hit to make a play. I think he and I are guys that, obviously, want to engage physically and play a hard game and take pride in defence and doing all those things. I would expect him to continue to be a premier player, yeah.”

 

 

Was the second trade easier than the first?

 

“The first one was a little different, obviously, because it’s the first time you get traded and I didn’t know much about Nashville. Nashville probably had a bigger question mark than New Jersey did because New Jersey’s just in the East, it’s closer to home. Nashville I didn’t really know much about. So the difference is that for me now I just want a chance to win a Stanley Cup. It doesn’t matter where I play … I want to play for who wants me. I’m just excited that the Devils did because I felt that I fit in well in the organization and with their team and how they want to play. That’s what I’m excited about. The second trade … I don’t know. I could be traded again throughout my career. It could happen.”

 

Would he be more prepared now for another trade?

 

“I don’t even think I ever had to prepare for being traded. I just want to play for who wants me.”

 

Did he think Nashville didn’t want him anymore?

 

“No, I don’t think that was the case. I actually don’t think that was the case. It didn’t feel that way. So unless David (Poile) comes out and says it, which I’m sure he won’t. It didn’t feel that way. I think it was kind of tough on both sides, you know, and that’s what I felt even from Lavy. I knew that they had to make changes to maybe get some more offence up front. Listen, they got a lot of good defencemen, too. So as much as I’m sure they want to keep me, having (Mattias) Ekholm, (Roman) Josi and (Ryan) Ellis and (Dante) Fabbro, who’s going to be a great player as well — it doesn’t look bad. And then they’re fifth, sixth and seventh defencemen can all play … I played with all those guys. At the end of the day I’m not a GM, so I’m not going to try to be a GM. But I’m not sitting here saying that it’s a bad trade, you know what I mean, for David Poile. I mean (free-agent signing) Matt Duchene’s a great player. So that’s how I look at that.”

 

What advice would he have have for Canadiens rookie Nick Suzuki in Montreal?

“It’s a different time now. I think coming into the league now is a lot different than maybe when I came into the league. That was 10 years ago, so a lot has changed in 10 years, especially with social media. I mean social media was maybe just starting when I came in. It’s just different now and even the city of Montreal is a lot different. I think now players have a lot more resources that they can lean on to understand what’s going on and I think then also just the way the league looks is a lot different. It’s younger. Most guys are playing video games and Fortnite and doing that stuff. That’s kind of the script. For me, I’m not playing video games or Fortnite.”

 

Is he too old for Fortnite?

“I don’t know if I’m too old for that (smiles). Don’t push me to say that I’m too old for anything yet. I think that there’s a tremendous amount of insulation for young players, especially in the NHL, from what I’ve seen. Guys care about each other.”

 

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New Jersey Devils Post-Game Notes: Nov. 16 @ Montréal Canadians

New Jersey Devils 4 @ Montréal Canadians 3 (OT)

 

  • Attendance: 21,016
  • Three Stars: 1. Kyle Palmieri Nikita Gusev 3. Keith Kinkaid

 

 

TEAM NOTES

 

  • The Devils defeated the Canadians, 4-3, in the first of three contests of the 2019-20 regular season series.
  • New Jersey improves to 1-4-1 against Atlantic Division opponents this season.
  • The club concludes their fifth of 16 sets of back-to-back play tonight, improving to 2-2-1 in second games played (1-2-2 in first games).
  • New Jersey snaps Montreal’s four-game home winning streak.
  • New Jersey was 2-6 on the penalty kill tonight, and 4-5 on the power play.
  • The Devils outshot the Canadians, 43-34, the most shots on the goal the club has recorded this season.
  • The Devils are 4-2-1 at Bell Centre and 7-3-3 overall against the Penguins since the 2015-16 season. New Jersey and Montréal will meet next on Nov. 28 at Bell Centre.

 

PLAYER NOTES

 

 

  • Mackenzie Blackwood got his 13th start of the 2019-20 season, stopping 31 of 34 shots faced in regulation. Blackwood improves to 7-4-3 this season.
  • Nikita Gusev opened the scoring for New Jersey 19:41 into the first period. Gusev’s tuck was assisted by Blake Coleman and Travis Zajac. Coleman extends his point streak to three games (1G-2A; 11/13-16), while Zajac extends his point streak to two games (1G-1A; 11/15-16)
  • Nico Hischier tallied his third goal of the season 19:58 into the second frame, assisted by Pavel Zacha.
  • Wayne Simmonds notched his fourth goal as a Devil, tying the game at 15:12 in the third. Taylor Hall and Jack Hughes had the helpers on the goal.
  • Kyle Palmieri notched the game winner in overtime, assisted by Taylor Hall and Nico Hischier. Hall and Hischier notch multi-point games (1G-1A Hischier; 2A Hischier)

 

 

 

 

STATISTICS

 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE   *Subject to change

 

Tomorrow:  OFF

 

 

 

 

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November 16, 2019 • NEW JERSEY DEVILS NEWS & CLIPS

November 16, 2019 • NEW JERSEY DEVILS NEWS & CLIPS

  1. SUMMARY
  2. LOCAL PRINT/WEB
  3. TV/VIDEO LINKS
  4. RADIO LINKS
  5. NATIONAL PRINT/WEB

    1) SUMMARY

    The Devils face-off against the Montréal Canadians tonight at Bell Centre, in the back end of their fifth of 16 sets of back-to-back action. The club defeated Pittsburgh last night, 2-1.

Head coach John Hynes spoke with Chris Ryan, NJ Advanced Media, about his teams performance in the victory, and looking forward to tomorrow, “We have to be better in those situations. I think after they scored the first goal, it wasn’t a mess, but then once he got late, late in the period and the goalie he pulled and they started making a press, it was turnovers and flip outs and pucks to the net,” Hynes said. “If we didn’t get the saves we got, they’re scoring in that situation. So we’re not going to kid ourselves of what happened, but the fact is we got the saves, we were a little bit better in certain situations and now we got to continue to get better.”

“Tomorrow’s a big test for that. What team are we going to be? That’s what the discussion is going to be. What team are we going to be? The one against Ottawa or the one tonight.”

Hynes and Nico Hischier on Blackwoods performance, newjerseydevils.com, “He was big. We don’t win the game if Blackwood doesn’t have a game like that. It’s nice to see him being consistent in his game,” said Hynes.

“He was there when we needed him. I saw a couple times that it was going in the back of the net, but somehow he got it,” center Nico Hischier said. “His pad was there, his glove, so he can do it. Sometimes we needed him to do it, and that’s what he’s able to do. I think we battled hard for him as well, but he played unbelievable. At the end, it was just big that we didn’t give up that lead.”

Chris Ryan also had Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel commented on Blackwood’s performance, “He’s a good goaltender,” Guentzel said. “He played really well tonight. He’s big, so gets a lot in the way of pucks.”

Newjerseydevils.com spoke with Coleman on the Devils game and breaking his goalless streak, Sometimes you’ve got to get an ugly one to get you back on track,” said Coleman. “I just wanted to get to the net in general this game more than I have been. Usually you get rewarded when that happens and I was.”

“You could see the commitment to the smaller plays in the third. Guys wanted to be out there, wanted to make the difference,” Coleman remarked.

 

2) LOCAL PRINT/WEB

  1. GAME STORY: Devils 2, Penguins 1

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/news/game-story-devils-2-penguins-1/c-311358046?tid=277567796

On Military Appreciation Night presented by Prudential, Mackenzie Blackwoodmade 38 saves to lead the Devils to a 2-1 win over Pittsburgh.

Travis Zajac and Blake Coleman scored the two Devils goals in the win. 

POST-GAME | Devils 2, Penguins 1

 

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POST-GAME REPORT | Chris Wescott wraps up the game

POST-GAME RAW | Coleman

POST-GAME RAW | Blackwood

POST-GAME RAW | Greene

POST-GAME RAW | Hischier

POST-GAME RAW | Devils head coach John Hynes

WHAT’S NEXT

The Devils head to Montreal right after the game. The game can be seen on MSG+ and heard on the Devils Hockey Network, including right here at NewJerseyDevils.com. Puck drop is 7:08 p.m. ET.

“Somehow Blackie was just there, his pad was there, his glove was there. He was incredible tonight,” said Nico Hischier after the game. 

The man of the hour was quick to give credit to his teammates. 

“Everyone was battling out there. Guys were getting in the shot lanes, sticks on pucks. It was mayhem out there,” stated Blackwood. 

Devils head coach John Hynes added that Blackwood was outstanding all night and put the team in a position to gain the important two points. 

“He was big. We don’t win the game if Blackwood doesn’t have a game like that. It’s nice to see him being consistent in his game,” said Hynes.

With 13:01 to go in the opening frame, Jesper Bratt picked up the puck in the corner and threw it in front to Zajac who quickly directed the puck on goal past a stunned Matt Murray. 

After one, shots on goal were 12-11 for Pittsburgh. 

Pittsburgh carried the play for much of the period, outshooting the Devils 16-7 but a late goal by Blake Coleman extended the Devils lead to 2-0. 

Shortly after a penalty to Wayne Simmonds expired, Coleman created a turnover at the Devils blueline, put the puck on net then drove to the crease and chipped in his own rebound with 4.1 seconds to play. 

“Sometimes you’ve got to get an ugly one to get you back on track,” said Coleman. “I just wanted to get to the net in general this game more than I have been. Usually you get rewarded when that happens and I was.” 

Pittsburgh came close to getting its first of the night three minutes into the third when Jake Guentzel’s shot went off the crossbar. Five minutes later, they finally connected.

Jack Johnson fired a shot high glove side from the left circle to raw the Penguins to within one with 12 minutes to play. 

“Guy made a good shot. Maybe I could have saved it,” said Blackwood. “But at the moment, I’m thinking about stopping the next one because we’ve only got 12 minutes left there.”

The Devils were very vocal on the bench to try and will the team to protect the lead. 

“You could see the commitment to the smaller plays in the third. Guys wanted to be out there, wanted to make the difference,” Coleman remarked. 

Hynes liked his team’s poise immediately after the Johnson goal but did say that Blackwood was a big reason why the team didn’t allow a late equalizer. 

“After they scored the first goal, it wasn’t a mess. But once it got late late in the period and they started making a press, it was turnovers and if we didn’t get the saves we had it would have been a different situation.”

Devils were outshot 11-2 in the final frame and 39-21 in the game overall. 

 

  1. PREVIEW: Devils at Canadiens

Devils play their second game in as many nights, traveling to Montreal to take on the Canadiens

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/news/preview-devils-at-canadiens/c-311373298?tid=277567796

 

The New Jersey Devils have the chance to make it a four-point weekend when they visit the Montreal Canadiens tonight at the Bell Centre.

You can watch the game on MSG+ or listen on the Devils Hockey Network. 

YOUR GAME-DAY ESSENTIALS

GAME DAY VIDEO

COMING SOON – DEVILS:60 | Amanda Stein reports on the key storylines prior to tonight’s game

COMING LATER – Devils Pre-Game Interviews a few hours before puck drop

COMING LATER – PRE-GAME RAW | Devils Head Coach John Hynes a few hours before puck drop

BY THE NUMBERS

Stats Comparison: Devils vs. Canadiens

Media Game Notes: Devils vs. Canadiens

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PRE-GAME REPORT

NEWARK, NJ – Prior to departure for Montreal, the Devils had some time to reflect on what was a big 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Prudential Center on Friday night. 

Right after the initial win enjoyment, however, it was back to business. 

“I think it’s really important for us to know the situation we’re going into, it’s a fun, tough building to play,” said Devils captain Andy Greene. “They’re playing real well, too. It’ll be a good challenge for us to find a way to grind it out.”

Blake Coleman added that with the club now six points out of a spot, to get within four and make it three wins in four tries, it would do great things for the team. 

“A win tomorrow against Montreal would be big for our confidence,” Coleman began. 

“It’s a quick turnaround. It’s the NHL, we’re going to take care of ourselves and be ready to go. You’ve got to use the system to bail you out. It’ll be another war in the trenches. Our skill will come through in that.”

Coleman was also asked about the possibility of playing Keith Kinkaid, with Montreal having played on Friday as well, in Washington. 

“It’ll be fun. A good friend and good player. It’ll be fun to get one past him tomorrow.”

GOALTENDING SITUATION FOR SATURDAY

Devils head coach John Hynes was asked about the Devils situation in goal for Saturday. He wouldn’t commit to an encore appearance from Mackenzie Blackwood, who turned away 38 shots on Friday. 

“We won’t make any decision tonight,” Hynes stated adding “he’s played well. He’s given us an opportunity to win and he’s been consistent. We want to see where he is after the game.

“If we do, it’s because we think he’s physically and mentally ready to play and gives us a chance to win the game.”

OTHER LINEUP UPDATES

Hynes wouldn’t commit to any other lineup updates. He did say that Kevin Rooney for sure won’t play but didn’t rule out a return by Sami Vatanen. 

“Rooney will be out, Vatanen not sure yet,” he noted. 

Hynes did add that Saturday will be a big test for the team as they try to get on a role to get back in the playoff picture.

“Tomorrow’s a big test for that. What team are we going to be? That’s what the discussion is going to be. What team are we going to be? The one against Ottawa or the one tonight.”

PREVIEW

DEVILS (6-5-4) at CANADIENS (11-5-3)

TV: 7:00 p.m. ET; Televised on MSG+

Head-to-Head:

Tonight’s game is the first of three meetings between the two teams this season. 

Devils team scope:

The Devils came off a successful five-game road trip having won three of five games with a disappointing loss at home on Wednesday to the Ottawa Senators but they rebounded in a big way on Friday with a win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 38 shots to lead the way for the Devils in the 2-1 win while Blake Coleman and Travis Zajac scored. 

Taylor Hall continues to lead the Devils with 15 points (2 goals) in 18 games. 

Canadiens team scope:

The Canadiens had a huge win over own on Friday in Washington, 5-2 over the Capitals. It was the team’s third straight victory and fourth in five outings. 

Tomas Tatar leads the Canadiens in scoring with 19 points in 19 games while defenseman Shea Weber is second with 16 points in 19 outings. Weber is eighth in the NHL in scoring among defensemen. 

Montreal sits second in the Atlantic division with 25 points, three back of Boston. 

By the Numbers:

Habs netminder Carey Price leads the NHL in wins among goaltenders with 10. Former Devils netminder Keith Kinkaid has a 4.36 goals-against average and .879 save percentage in three starts with a 1-1-1 record. 

P.K. Subban is yet to score against his former team. He has five assists in five career games against the Canadiens. Travis Zajac leads the way for New Jersey with 21 points in 41 games against Montreal. Taylor Hall has five goals and 14 points in 14 career games versus the Habs. 

Shea Weber leads all Canadiens in scoring against New Jersey with 10 points in 19 games. 

Injury Updates:

Devils – Connor Carrick (upper body) is out; Kevin Rooney is out; Sami Vatanen(upper body) is questionable

Canadiens – Jesperi Kotkaniemi (groin) is out

 

  1. 3 observations from Devils’ win over Penguins | Travis Zajac, Blake Coleman break through offensively

By Chris Ryan, NJ Advanced Media

https://www.nj.com/devils/2019/11/3-observations-from-devils-win-over-penguins-travis-zajac-blake-coleman-break-through-offensively.html

 

The Devils survived a late surge by the Pittsburgh Penguins to grab a 2-1 victory on Friday at Prudential Center in Newark, ending a four-game home losing streak where the team was 0-2-2.

En route to the win, the Devils got needed offensive contributions from Travis Zajac and Blake Coleman, plus stellar goaltending from Mackenzie Blackwood.

Here are three observations from the game:

Zajac, Coleman end scoring droughts

Zajac entered Friday riding a career-long 10-game point drought. Coleman, after scoring twice in the Devils’ season opener, had just one goal in the 16 games since, coming on Oct. 17. Both were due to break out of their scoring slumps, and the did so in a game where the Devils needed each goal.

Zajac opened the scoring at 6:59 of the first period when he redirected a Jesper Bratt pass in front of the net, and Coleman added his goal with 4.1 seconds left in the second period when he forced a turnover, got off a contested shot and pounced on a fortunate rebound in the crease.

Zajac’s goal appeared to bounce off his body, while Coleman used his stick to hit the stick of Pens defenseman John Marino to direct the puck into net.

“I don’t know if either one of us scored with a stick tonight. Sometimes that feels good, you need a real ugly one,” Coleman said. “And I know Trav, he needed that and felt good about it. We’ve talked about it. We’re coming. Our forecheck’s been a lot better, and that’s where we get our offense from. We just want to have fun. We want to put a lot of pressure, want to sit back, have fun, play the right way, and I think I’m more excited about his than mine.”

It wasn’t surprising to see Zajac snap out of his drought against the Penguins, given his career success against them. He now has 18 goals and 47 points in 65 career games against Pittsburgh — both his most against any opponent.

Coleman was part of the heavy forecheck leading to Zajac’s goal, though he had an assist taken away from him on a scoring change after the fact. But Devils coach John Hynes saw a much improved all-around game from the forward, even before he netted his own goal in the second period.

“That’s an identity game for him, I think with his physicality and how tenacious he was,” Hynes said. “And for him to be able to put one in the net is a good reward for both those guys for the hard work they bring most nights.”

Mackenzie Blackwood was excellent

Blackwood has a 1-0 shutout and another 2-1 victory to his name this season, but Friday was his most impressive outing to date.

The goalie finished with 38 saves, including 10 in the third period with the Penguins pushing hard to tie the game. When Pittsburgh pulled goalie Matt Murray for an extra skater, Blackwood elevated his game even more to stop a few pucks that found their way to the net.

“He was there when we needed him. I saw a couple times that it was going in the back of the net, but somehow he got it,” center Nico Hischier said. “His pad was there, his glove, so he can do it. Sometimes we needed him to do it, and that’s what he’s able to do. I think we battled hard for him as well, but he played unbelievable. At the end, it was just big that we didn’t give up that lead.”

The lone blemish on Blackwood came on a Jack Johnson goal with 12 minutes to play in regulation, following a long possession by the Penguins. But even with the threat of another third-period lead disappearing, Blackwood said the team did what it needed to in front of him.

“Guys were getting in the shot lanes, blocking shots, sticks on pucks,” he said. “It was all just a little bit of mayhem at the end there, but we were able to hold that one out and fortunate enough to get the two points.”

The Devils’ forecheck worked, at least for a while

When the Ottawa Senators rallied to take control in the third period of Wednesday’s 4-2 loss, the Devils had no forecheck presence late in the game. Pucks quickly left the offensive zone, allowing Ottawa to generate enough pressure to score three straight goals to end the game.

The Devils committed to changing that early in Friday’s game. They forced several turnovers and sustained offensive zone time in the early going, including on Zajac’s goal.

“We talked about it after that game, and we figured we’ve got to be way harder,” Hischier said. “We’ve got to go get into bodies and stop pucks, and I think we did a way better job this game than the game before.”

Hischier in particular as physical as ever, matching a career high with four hits, including three in the first period.

That forecheck faded a bit as the Devils defended more later in the game, and they ran into similar problems in the third period when they played the vast majority of the final 20 minutes in their own end.

The Penguins out-chanced the Devils 29-5 in the final frame, though they were credited with just eight scoring chances in that span. The Devils’ two-goal lead was enough to let them ride out the victory on defense, but that’s still an area where they need to improve.

“We have to be better in those situations. I think after they scored the first goal, it wasn’t a mess, but then once he got late, late in the period and the goalie he pulled and they started making a press, it was turnovers and flip outs and pucks to the net,” Hynes said. “If we didn’t get the saves we got, they’re scoring in that situation. So we’re not going to kid ourselves of what happened, but the fact is we got the saves, we were a little bit better in certain situations and now we got to continue to get better.”

 

  1. NJ Devils not kidding themselves in win over Penguins; It was all Mackenzie Blackwood

By Abbey Mastracco, NHL writer

https://www.app.com/story/sports/nhl/devils/2019/11/16/nj-devils-and-mackenzie-blackwood-edge-penguins-2-1-win/4199388002/

 

NEWARK — The New Jersey Devils needed a goalie to steal a game for them.

Finally, one did.

Travis Zajac and Blake Coleman scored and Mackenzie Blackwood made 38 saves in a stellar performance to lead the Devils to a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night at Prudential Center. It was their first victory on home ice in nearly a month (Oct. 19 vs. Vancouver).

New Jersey improved to 6-8-4 (16 points) on the season and has now won two of its last three. The Devils’ last victory, which came last Sunday in Vancouver, also came via a 2-1 score.

“We don’t win the game if Blackwood doesn’t have the performance that he has,” coach John Hynes said. “So it’s nice to see him being consistent in his game and making saves when we need him and tonight I think he was a big difference in the game.”

How they won

All week, the Devils talked about trying to play to their identity. It might not be pretty hockey, but they identify as a team that can get to the net for greasy goals. They didn’t generate much offense but they got what they needed and Blackwood made it stand up.

Zajac deflected one past Pittsburgh goalie Matt Murray seven minutes into the game to put New Jersey up 1-0 but the Devils barely hung on to it. The Penguins threw 28 shots on net through the first periods yet somehow, the Devils still ended up on top 2-0 going into the second intermission.

It was Blackwood who kept them in the game, deftly turning aside all 28 and allowing Coleman to jump into the net behind Murray to cash in on a rebound created by his own breakaway shot with five seconds left in the second.

“I don’t think either one of us scored off the stick tonight,” Coleman said. “Sometimes those feel good, you need a real ugly one. I know Trav needed that and he felt good about it. We’re coming, we’re starting to come. Our forecheck has been a lot better and that’s where we get our offense from.”

Then, things looked as though they would go according to the Devils’ usual script eight minutes into the second when Jack Johnson snapped one to the far post to cut the lead to 2-1. The Penguins continued to lean heavily on the Devils, dictating play in the New Jersey zone. Shot attempts were 29-5 in favor of the visitors in the third period alone, but a combination of blocked shots down the stretch (20 total for the game) and athletic saves by Blackwood kept the Penguins from tying the game with the goalie pulled.

Final score aside, the last few minutes of the game were frantic. And the last few minutes of a game are when teams should be falling back into their structure.

“In the goalie-pulled situation, we need to handle ourselves a little bit better,” Hynes said. “The difference in that situation is Blackwood. He made some huge saves. Pucks could have easily went into the net. Just under pressure, wall play, retrieval, just throwing pucks away creates turnover after turnover after turnover, particularly with the goalie pulled.”

The ending was a little different this time as the Devils managed to withstand the heavy push from Pittsburgh and relied on Blackwood to shut the Penguins down.

“We stuck with it. There was less panic,” Coleman said. “We settled ourselves down right away and stuck with it. You could see everyone made a commitment to the smaller plays in the third and Mack made a few big saves, but guys wanted to be out there making a difference.”

Quotable

Sometimes a win masks deficiencies within a game. This was not one of those wins.

It was easy to see the Penguins were the better team in this one and Blackwood was the difference-maker. The Devils are still trying to find ways to tilt the ice when the play isn’t going in their favor. Breaking out of their own zone and maintaining possession is arguably the Devils’ biggest deficiency.

“We’re not going to kid ourselves with what happened,” Hynes said. “But the fact is that we got the saves, we were a little bit better in certain situations and we’ve got to continue to get better.”

What’s next

Old friend Keith Kinkaid will face his former team for the first time Saturday night when the Montreal Canadiens host the Devils. Kinkaid dressed as the backup shortly after New Jersey traded him to the Columbus Blue Jackets last year but he did not see any game action. He’s slated to start Saturday with both teams playing in the second game of back-to-back contests.

“It will be fun,” Coleman said. “A good friend and a good player, but maybe it will feel good to put one past him.”

 

  1. Mackenzie Blackwood stops 38 shots; Devils top Penguins 2-1

By Mike Farrell, AP

https://www.newsday.com/news/region-state/mackenzie-blackwood-stops-38-shots-devils-top-penguins-2-1-1.38620065

 

NEWARK, N.J. – (AP) — Mackenzie Blackwood smiled through the fatigue after leading the New Jersey Devils to a hard-fought win.

Blackwood made 38 saves as the Devils beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Friday night. He was unquestionably the star of the game.

“I’m pretty tired, but it doesn’t matter,” Blackwood said. “I’m just happy that we got the win tonight.”

Travis Zajac and Blake Coleman scored for the Devils to provide the slim margin of victory.

Blackwood was under duress all night, especially in the second and third periods. He stopped all 15 Pittsburgh shots in the middle period and allowed only one goal in the third as the Penguins outshot the Devils 11-2.

“They have a heavy forecheck and they’re really good in the offensive zone in turning pucks over and creating the chances off the forecheck,” Blackwood said. “They were doing a good job of doing that all night.”

Jack Johnson got Penguins’ goal and Matt Murray made 19 saves.

Top of Form

It was Pittsburgh’s first game without star center Sidney Crosby, who is expected to miss at least six weeks following surgery for a core muscle injury.

The Penguins will have to tough it out without their leading scorer.

“You can’t always control when the puck goes in the net,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “I thought our guys played hard. I thought we played smart. We just didn’t find the back of the net enough.”

Blackwood played a hand in that.

“He’s a good goaltender,” Penguins forward Jake Guentzel said. “He played really well tonight. He’s big, so gets a lot in the way of pucks.”

Zajac scored the only goal of the opening period at 6:59, converting a setup in the slot from Jesper Bratt.

The goal ended a 10-game point drought for Zajac, the longest in the veteran center’s career.

Blackwood kept the Penguins off the board with a several close-in stops, denying Nick Bjugstad and Guentzel.

Blackwood continued to shine in the second period. He nimbly shifted his 6-foot-4 frame to stop Brandon Tanev and Brian Dumoulin.

Blackwood got added support when Coleman scored with 4.1 second remaining in the period to give the Devils a 2-0 lead. Coleman shot from the left wing, and Murray made the save. But the puck wound up sitting in the crease. Coleman was first on the scene to knock in his own rebound for an unassisted goal.

“I kind of surprised myself,” Coleman said. “It’s been an emphasis to get to the net a little more and get more chances. I know I’m capable of getting more offense and sometimes you get an ugly one to get you back”

In the third, Pittsburgh came close early when Guentzel hit the post.

The Penguins finally broke through with a goal from an unlikely source. Johnson jumped into the play and scored from the left dot. It was defenseman’s first goal in 92 games, cutting the Devils lead to 2-1.

The Devils, outscored 24-9 in third periods coming into this game, held on thanks to Blackwood.

“It was kind of a little bit of mayhem there in the end, but we were able to hold that one down, and get the two points,” Blackwood said.

NOTES: Crosby isn’t the only significant injured player for Pittsburgh. Both D Kris Letang and RW Patric Hornqvist are sidelined with lower-body injuries. … Penguins C Nick Bjugstad suffered a lower-body injury late in the second period. Sullivan said he will be evaluated Saturday morning. … The Devils placed D Sami Vatanen on injured reserve (upper body) retroactive to Nov. 8 and recalled D Colton White from Binghamton (AHL). … Penguins C Alex Galchenyuk played his 500th game. … The Devils honored service members on Military Appreciation Night.

UP NEXT:

Penguins: Host Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

Devils: At Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

 

 

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  1. BLACKWOOD EARNS FIRST STAR IN 38 SAVE WIN OVER PITTSBURGH

By MSG Networks

https://www.msgnetworks.com/videos/blackwood-earns-first-star-in-38-save-win-over-pittsburgh/

 

  1. BLACKWOOD DOMINATE PERFORMANCE LEADS DEVILS TO DEFEAT PENGUINS

By MSG Networks

https://www.msgnetworks.com/videos/blackwood-dominate-performance-leads-devils-to-defeat-penguins/

 

  1. NHL Highlights | Penguins @ Devils 11/15/19

By NHL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZ2tl8V8doo

 

 

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  1. New Jersey Devils at Canadiens: Five things you should know

PAT HICKEY, MONTREAL GAZETTE

https://montrealgazette.com/sports/hockey/nhl/hockey-inside-out/5-things-devils

 

The matchup: This is the first of three games between these teams this season and each team is playing the second half of a back-to-back set. The Canadiens were in Washington Friday night, while the Devils were at home to the Penguins. There were high hopes for the Devils this season, but they have been a disappointment and had the worst record in the NHL going into Friday’s action. They ranked 28th in goals-for per game (2.53) and 30th in goals-against (3.65) and their penalty-kill is only slightly better than Montreal’s, which means it isn’t good.

 

Will we see Price? Carey Price started against Washington, but coach Claude Julien hasn’t ruled out coming back with him against the Devils. If he does, that means Price will have played 17 of the Canadiens’ first 20 games. The alternative is backup Keith Kinkaid, who might have an insight into the opposition because he spent the first five seasons of his career with the Devils. Mackenzie Blackwood started for the Devils Friday and Jersey coach John Hynes said he might stick with Blackwood Saturday.

 

The trade revisited: The Shea Weber-P.K. Subban trade continues to tilt toward Montreal. Weber has been playing some of his best hockey this season as he continues his successful comeback from knee and foot surgery. He has five goals and nine assists and has helped turn around the Montreal power play while averaging 24:35 of ice time. Subban was traded a second time during the off-season and has struggled along with the rest of the Devils. He has two goals and three assists and is minus-5.

 

Thompson an unsung hero: Fourth-line centre Nate Thompson played a key role in the Canadiens’ 3-2 shootout win over Columbus on Tuesday as he led a penalty-killing unit that stopped the Jackets on a 4-on-3 advantage in overtime. Thompson has done a little bit of everything to earn his keep. He has the best faceoff percentage on the team (54.35), has registered 26 hits and leads all Canadiens forwards with 22 blocked shots.

 

The other guys: Taylor Hall, who won the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player two years ago, is the Devils’ leading scorer with two goals and 13 assists, but he’s not particularly happy. He can be an unrestricted free agent next July and there is no shortage of rumours about where he will finish the season. Kyle Palmieri is the Devils’ leading goal-scorer (six), while Jack Hughes, the No. 1 overall pick in June’s draft, has four goals and five assists. Nico Hischier, the top pick in 2017, has two goals and six assists.

 

 

  1. Mackenzie Blackwood stops 38 shots; Devils top Penguins

By AP

https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/mackenzie-blackwood-stops-38-shots-devils-top-penguins/

 

 

NEWARK, N.J. — Mackenzie Blackwood smiled through the fatigue after leading the New Jersey Devils to a hard-fought win.

 

Blackwood made 38 saves as the Devils beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Friday night. He was unquestionably the star of the game.

 

“I’m pretty tired, but it doesn’t matter,” Blackwood said. “I’m just happy that we got the win tonight.”

Travis Zajac and Blake Coleman scored for the Devils to provide the slim margin of victory.

Blackwood was under duress all night, especially in the second and third periods. He stopped all 15 Pittsburgh shots in the middle period and allowed only one goal in the third as the Penguins outshot the Devils 11-2.

“They have a heavy forecheck and they’re really good in the offensive zone in turning pucks over and creating the chances off the forecheck,” Blackwood said. “They were doing a good job of doing that all night.”

 

Jack Johnson got Penguins’ goal and Matt Murray made 19 saves.

 

It was Pittsburgh’s first game without star centre Sidney Crosby, who is expected to miss at least six weeks following surgery for a core muscle injury.

 

The Penguins will have to tough it out without their leading scorer.

 

“You can’t always control when the puck goes in the net,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “I thought our guys played hard. I thought we played smart. We just didn’t find the back of the net enough.”

 

Blackwood played a hand in that.

 

“He’s a good goaltender,” Penguins forward Jake Guentzel said. “He played really well tonight. He’s big, so gets a lot in the way of pucks.”

 

Zajac scored the only goal of the opening period at 6:59, converting a setup in the slot from Jesper Bratt.

The goal ended a 10-game point drought for Zajac, the longest in the veteran centre’s career.

 

Blackwood kept the Penguins off the board with a several close-in stops, denying Nick Bjugstad and Guentzel.

 

Blackwood continued to shine in the second period. He nimbly shifted his 6-foot-4 frame to stop Brandon Tanev and Brian Dumoulin.

 

Blackwood got added support when Coleman scored with 4.1 second remaining in the period to give the Devils a 2-0 lead. Coleman shot from the left wing, and Murray made the save. But the puck wound up sitting in the crease. Coleman was first on the scene to knock in his own rebound for an unassisted goal.

 

“I kind of surprised myself,” Coleman said. “It’s been an emphasis to get to the net a little more and get more chances. I know I’m capable of getting more offence and sometimes you get an ugly one to get you back”

 

In the third, Pittsburgh came close early when Guentzel hit the post.

 

The Penguins finally broke through with a goal from an unlikely source. Johnson jumped into the play and scored from the left dot. It was defenceman’s first goal in 92 games, cutting the Devils lead to 2-1.

The Devils, outscored 24-9 in third periods coming into this game, held on thanks to Blackwood.

 

“It was kind of a little bit of mayhem there in the end, but we were able to hold that one down, and get the two points,” Blackwood said.

 

NOTES: Crosby isn’t the only significant injured player for Pittsburgh. Both D Kris Letang and RW Patric Hornqvist are sidelined with lower-body injuries. … Penguins C Nick Bjugstad suffered a lower-body injury late in the second period. Sullivan said he will be evaluated Saturday morning. …

 

The Devils placed D Sami Vatanen on injured reserve (upper body) retroactive to Nov. 8 and recalled D Colton White from Binghamton (AHL). … Penguins C Alex Galchenyuk played his 500th game. … The Devils honoured service members on Military Appreciation Night.

 

UP NEXT:

Penguins: Host Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

Devils: At Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

 

 

  1. Montreal takes on New Jersey, looks for 5th straight home win

By AP, Canadian Press

 

http://www.kelownadailycourier.ca/sports/national_sports/article_f29a980b-19dd-5685-819b-139daefa7161.html

 

New Jersey Devils (6-8-4, eighth in the Metropolitan Division) vs. Montreal Canadiens (11-5-3, second in the Atlantic Division)

 

Montreal; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST

 

BOTTOM LINE: Montreal hosts New Jersey aiming to extend its four-game home winning streak.

The Canadiens are 5-2-3 in conference games. Montreal is sixth in the NHL averaging 3.5 goals per game, led by Brendan Gallagher with eight.

 

The Devils are 3-1-1 against opponents from the Metropolitan Division. New Jersey has given up 15 power-play goals, killing 75.4% of opponent chances.

 

The matchup Saturday is the first meeting of the season between the two teams.

 

TOP PERFORMERS: Tomas Tatar has recorded 19 total points while scoring seven goals and collecting 12 assists for the Canadiens. Shea Weber has totalled five goals and six assists over the last 10 games for Montreal.

 

Andy Greene leads the Devils with a plus-seven in 14 games played this season. Kyle Palmieri has three goals and four assists over the last 10 games for New Jersey.

LAST 10 GAMES: Devils: 4-4-2, averaging 2.6 goals, 4.6 assists, 3.3 penalties and 7.7 penalty minutes while allowing 3.2 goals per game with a .891 save percentage.

 

Canadiens: 7-2-1, averaging 3.4 goals, 5.1 assists, 2.7 penalties and 5.4 penalty minutes while giving up 2.7 goals per game with a .917 save percentage.

 

Canadiens Injuries: None listed.

Devils Injuries: Kevin Rooney: out (upper body).

 

 

  1. Subban-Weber trade revisited: Who is winning the deal now?

By Douglas Gelevan, CBC Sports

https://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/nhl-montreal-canadiens-pk-subban-shea-weber-doug-gelevan-1.5361151

 

Even today at the Bell Centre — three and a half years after P.K. Subban was traded — you don’t have to try that hard to find a fan sporting a No. 76 jersey.

 

Getting someone to say the deal was a mistake, however, is becoming tougher. There appears to have been a slow shift in how fans see it.

 

In the beginning there was a lot of anger over Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin’s decision to trade the team’s most popular player and the 2012-13 Norris Trophy winner. Wearing his jersey to the arena — for some — was a sign of protest against Habs management.

 

Now the jersey seems more like a tribute than protest. It appears Habs fans are finally coming around to the idea that Bergevin might have been right.

 

And Shea Weber, the player Subban was traded for, is the biggest reason why the anger among Habs fans over the trade has subsided.

 

The man-mountain defenceman has worked his way into the hearts of fans with his play. He’s healthy this season and it shows. The power play, which was among the worst in the league last season, finally has some mojo and Weber is largely responsible for piloting that unit.

But most importantly, under Weber’s captaincy, there is the sense that this team’s results are exceeding its talent. Last season — Weber’s first with the ‘C’ — the Habs were pegged by many analysts to finish near the bottom of the standings. Instead, the Canadiens had 96 points and only barely missed the playoffs.

 

That momentum seems to have carried over to this season as the team has played with a never-say-die spirit. Down two goals? They’ve been there and they’ve shown they can come back and win.

 

A lot of that comes down to Weber’s leadership both on and off the ice and fans appreciate it.

The other reason for Habs fans to feel better about the trade these days is that on the ice things aren’t trending in the right direction for Subban.

 

 

The first year following the trade, Subban played great hockey as the Predators reached the Stanley Cup final. But by the end of his third season, Nashville was ready to move on and this time his exit wasn’t marked with blockbuster deal. The Predators needed the cap space so he was shipped off to New Jersey for a pair of prospects and a couple draft picks.

 

Perhaps Subban felt he had something to prove, because in the early days with the Devils he seemed to be trying to do too much on the ice. It wasn’t uncommon to see Subban out of position while he tried to land a big hit and his signature ability to use his superior skating skills to move the puck up the ice wasn’t as sharp.

 

Things appear to be improving as he’s settled into his new surroundings and role in New Jersey. But Habs fans looking on can’t help but wonder if the magic he once had in Montreal is all used up.

 

Off the ice, Subban has reportedly taken on a more senior player role in the Devils locker room compared to his time in Nashville or Montreal. There are fewer reporters’ microphones in his face on a daily basis and he seems less the polarizing figure that he was accused of being in the past.

The story of the Subban-Weber trade has moved onto its second act.

 

It’s fair to say that Montreal lost the first act. From the public-relations battle off the ice to the product on the ice, Subban had the edge. His Predators contended for the Stanley Cup and his loyal fans in Montreal longed for the days when he wowed them night after night at the Bell Centre.

 

Weber’s greatest accomplishment with the Habs over that same period was a first-round at the hands of the New York Rangers in the spring of 2017.

 

It’s early, but so far the second act seems to be leaning in Montreal’s favour.

 

The third act — how does this deal look a few year from now — is to come. At age 30, Subban is four years younger than Weber. Will Weber play until the end of his contract? Will Subban remain a top defenceman in the NHL?

 

The end of this trilogy is yet to be written.

 

There is however, one clear winner that we can identify already — the Montreal Children’s Hospital. Subban’s commitment to them has never wavered since the day he pledged to raise $10 million dollars and they put his name on the atrium.

 

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