New Jersey Devils 3 at Ottawa Senators 5
- Attendance: 13,991
- Three Stars: 1. Matt Duchene (OTT) 2. Matt Hoffman (OTT) 3. Kyle Palmieri (NJD)
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The Devils fell, 3-5 L, against the Ottawa Senators in the season-series finale between the Eastern Conference rivals. New Jersey finished the season-series, 2-1-0, and missed their chance to sweep the Sens, 3-0-0 for the second-time in the last three seasons (2015-16, 3-0-0; 2016-17, 0-3-0; 2017-18; 2-1-0 . The club is 4-2-0 at Canadian Tire Centre and is 7-5-0 overall against the Senators since the 2014-15 season.
New Jersey is 12-9-5 on the road thus far, 9-4-4 (5-2-2 road) against the Atlantic Division, and is 16-10-5 (8-5-3 road) vs. all Eastern Conference opponents.
Tonight’s game was the only one of the three was decided in regulation time. The first two games between Ottawa and New Jersey this season went beyond 60 minutes (Oct. 19 @ OTT, 5-4 Wo / Oct. 27 @ NJD 5-4 Ws). Defenseman John Moore (OT) and right-wing Jesper Bratt (GDG) scored New Jersey’s winning goals in overtime and in the shootout, respectively.
Travis Zajac (1G) and Stefan Noesen (1A) each notched one point in back-to-back contests to help the Devils jump-out to an early lead, less than two minutes into the first period.
The Senators responded quickly after a back-to-back set of minor penalties assessed to the Devils. Power play goals from Matt Hoffman, Christopher Didomenico (less than one minute apart) and a late goal put Ottawa up 3-1 after 20 minutes of play.
Eddie Lack who was acquired from the Calgary Flames in exchange a for Dalton Prout on Dec. 30 made his Devils debut relieved Keith Kinkaid (L, 16-20) at 8:40 into the second period. Lack stopped 11 of 12 shots in 29:31 of action.
Taylor Hall played in his 500TH career game this evening, scoring a power play goal to bring his personal points streak to 11 games (7G-9A-16PTS), Jan. 2-Feb. 6. He missed three games, Jan 22-25, w/ right hand/thumb injury). Hall’s 1G-5A (6PTS) in the season-series lead all NJD & OTT skaters.
New Jersey native, Kyle Palmieri (1G-1A) and Pavel Zacha (2A) each led the club with 2PTS. Palmieri has 3G-3A-6PTS over the last 4GP, Jan. 30-Feb. 6, and Zacha’s second two assist night in the last three games (also, Feb. 1 @ PHI).
Ottawa was 2-3 on the power play, making it the Senators ninth time this season that Ottawa has scored multiple power play goals. The Devils were 1-4 tonight on the power play.
Thursday: 10:30AM Morning Skate at Prudential Center
7PM vs. Calgary Flames (MSG+, TOJN)
Friday: Noon Practice at RWJBarnabas Health Hockey House
Saturday: 11:30AM Morning Skate at Nationwide Arena
7PM at Columbus Blue Jackets (MSG+, TOJN)
Sunday: 10:30AM Morning Skate at Prudential Center
7PM vs. Boston Bruins (MSG+ 2, TOJN)