Three Stars: 1. Marian Hossa. 2 Travis Zajac 3. Marcus Kruger
The Devils fell, 4-3OT, in their league-leading 11th overtime game this season and are now 0-1-2 on their four-game road-trip. New Jersey is now 3-5 in the three-on-three overtime in 2016-17 and are 3-7-4 on the road overall.
The Devils finished their season series with Chicago with a 0-0-2 record. New Jersey is 1-2-1 at United Center and is 2-3-3 vs. the Blackhawks since the 2013-14 season.
New Jersey is 2-1-2 vs. the Central Division and is 4-4-2 vs. Western Conference opponents in 2016-17.
The Devils were 1-2 on the power play tonight and are 4-16 (25.o%) over their last five games.
New Jersey was a perfect 4-4 on the penalty-kill and have not allowed a shorthanded goal in the last four games (17-17).
The Devils and Blackhawks each had 33 shots on goal tonight.
At 1:27 of the third period, Chicago requested a Coach’s Challenge to review the “Interference on the Goalkeeper” decision that resulted in a “no goal” call, a decision that was reached after the officials huddled to discuss the play. After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee determined that Chicago’s Richard Panik interfered with New Jersey goaltender Cory Schneider before the puck crossed the goal line.
At 6:27 of the first period, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the New Jersey net. Video review determined that the puck completely crossed the New Jersey goal line before the net became displaced. However, the referee informed the Situation Room that he deemed the play dead before the puck crossed the goal line. This was not a reviewable play therefore the referee’s call on the ice stood as no goal for Chicago.
Travis Zajac recorded the second hat-trick of his NHL career. He leads the Devils in goals (8) and points (18). His last three goal performance was Mar. 31, 2014 vs. Fla.
Zajac has passed Stephane Richer for 12th all-time in franchise history with 149 career goals. It was his fourth multi-point game of the season.
Zajac also had a season-high 6 shots (tie, Nov. 15 at Dal.).
Damon Severson had an assist on Zajac’s first goal. Severson has points in two straight games (2a). He leads Devils’ defensemen with 3g-11a-14pts.
Kyle Palmieri notched helpers on both of Zajac’s goals. He has points in three of his last four games (4a).
Michael Cammalleri had the sole assist on Zajac’s third goal. He has 4g-5a-9pts over his last five games.
John Quenneville made his NHL debut and recorded two penalty minutes plus one hit in 9:03 TOI.
Taylor Hall was activated off I.R. earlier in the day (torn meniscus in right knee, eight games missed). He had three hits, three blocked shots and two shots on goal in 19:49 of action.
Cory Schneider made his 18th start of the season in goal and fell to 8-6-4 on the season. He stopped 29 of 33 (.879 save %) and is 4-3-2 in his career vs. Chicago.
John Moore led New Jersey with 22:37 TOI.
Adam Henrique was 8-13 (62%) in the faceoff circle tonight.