Devils Post-Game: 10/17/17 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

New Jersey Devils 5 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 4 (SO)

  • Attendance: 13,176
  • Three Stars: 1. Drew Stafford 2. Nikita Kucherov 3. Steven Stamkos
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  • New Jersey won its second consecutive game tonight and is now 2-1-0 at home and 5-1-0 on the 2017-18 season.  It was also the first game this season that required extra time to be decided.  It was New Jersey’s first shootout victory since Dec. 29, 2016 at Washington (2-1, 50 Games: Only two of those 50 had progressed to a shootout).
  • The Devils are now 3-0-0 against Atlantic Division opponents (1-0-0 at home). New Jersey takes on Ottawa at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday at 7 PM.
  • New Jersey faces Tampa Bay on two more occasions in 2017-18 (Feb. 17 at TB / Mar. 24 at NJD).
  • New Jersey was 4-5 (80.0%) on the penalty kill tonight, including eliminating a full two-minute overtime penalty when Adam Henrique was called for tripping at 48 seconds of the extra frame.
  • The Devils were 2-4 (50.0%) on the power play this evening. New Jersey leads the NHL with a 30.8% success rate on the PP.
  • The Devils were out-shot, 34-37, despite finishing the first period with a 15-11 shot advantage.
  • It was the club’s first win this season after trailing after two periods.


  • Kyle Palmieri led the way for New Jersey scoring the game-deciding goal in the third round of the shootout. It was his second career GDG in the shootout. He also scored his second goal of the season at 16:19 (PP) of the second frame.
  • Drew Stafford opened up the scoring for New Jersey at 2:45 of the first period.  He then tied the game (PP) at four apiece with just 4:06 remaining in the game.  It was his first multi-goal game as a Devil. Stafford has three goals in his last two games since returning from a lower-body injury that sidelined him for three games, Oct. 9-13.  He has 14 goals in 35 career games against Tampa Bay. He had a season-high five shots on net.
  • Brian Gibbons continued his hot-streak, notching his third goal of the season at 19:08 of the second first period.  Before signing with New Jersey, Gibbons had five goals over combined NHL games with Pittsburgh and Columbus.
  • Nico Hischier had his first ever multi-point NHL performance, notching two assists (both primary) on both of Stafford’s goals. He skated in a season-high 18:21 tonight.
  • Will Butcher continued his scoring-streak, which now stands at a team-leading four games (6A).  Butcher had one assist on Stafford’s opening goal.  He leads New Jersey and is tied for first among all NHL defensemen with nine points. (DET; Mike Green – 1G-8A).
  • Cory Schneider stopped 33 of 37 shots (.891 save%) and was perfect in the shootout; denying
  • Damon Severson, Taylor Hall, Steven Santini, Miles Wood Adam Henrique also had one assist each tonight. Santini led the club with a career-high 25:40 of ice-time tonight and tied his previous career-high with five shots (also, Feb. 14, 2017 vs. COL.)
  • Mirco Mueller returned to the lineup tonight after being a healthy scratch in the last two games, Oct. 13-14.
  • Blake Coleman went 8-11 (73%) in the faceoff circle tonight.


Next Up     *Subject to change

Tomorrow: Noon Practice at Prudential Center
Thursday: 11:30 AM Morning Skate at Canadian Tire Center
7:30 PM at Ottawa Senators (MSG+ / TOJN)
Friday:  10:30 AM Morning Skate at Prudential Center
7:00 PM vs. San Jose Sharks (MSG+ / TOJN)

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