New Jersey Devils 2 vs. Calgary Flames 3
- Attendance: 13,085
- Three Stars: 1. Sean Monahan – CGY 2. Taylor Hall – NJD 3. Johnny Gaudreau – CGY
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The Devils lost, 2-3 L, in regulation-time to finish their 2017-18 season-series win-less, 0-1-1=1PT, against the Calgary Flames. It was New Jersey’s second-consecutive loss (Feb. 6-8). The Flames victory also snapped the club’s two-game, winning-streak at Prudential Center.
- First Game – Nov. 5 at CGY : New Jersey fell, 4-5 SO, at Scotiabank Saddledome, in the first match-up between the clubs this season. Devils’ forward Miles Wood was unsuccessful on his chance against Flames’ goaltender Mike Smith (Wood is 0-2 in PS career), and Keith Kinkaid stopped Flames’ forward Micheal Ferland on his penalty shot (Kinkaid is 2-2 in PS in his NHL career).
The Flames drew first-blood tonight, following a score-less first period, when CGY F Sean Monahan notched his team-leading 26th goal of the campaign at 4:16 of the second to give Calgary a 1-0 lead. He also scored CGY’s third and final goal of the evening, the eventual game-winner, to give him 27G (49PTS) on the season with just 1:55 remaining in the middle frame. The Flames boasted a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes of play.
Taylor Hall increased his personal scoring-streak to 12 games, 8G-9A-17PTS, from Jan. 2-Feb. 8. He scored the Devils first goal tonight, tying the game at 1-1, to answer to the Flames’ opening score just 3:07 following Monahan’s first tally.
Hall’s score was his 20th (53rd point) in just his 48TH contest of 2017-18. He tied and later surpassed his 2016-17 point-total.
Hall (48GP, 2017-18) – 20G-34A-54PTS
Hall (72GP, 2016-17) – 20G-33A-53PTS
*credit Craig Seiden – Devils Radio Statistician
Entering tonight’s contest, Calgary (27-18-8) and New Jersey (27-17-8) each had 62PTS on the season. However Calgary (55GP) has played one more game than New Jersey (54GP)
Salem, NJ native, Johnny Gaudreau, scored Calgary’s second goal on the evening a breakaway. It was his first-ever goal against his hometown club. He has
Pavel Zacha notched his fourth goal 2017-18, second on the power play, to bring the Devils within one goal, 2-3, at 7:23 of the third period. It was his first goal in 17 games, Dec. 23 vs. CHI. The 20-year-old center has 5PTS (1G-4A) over the past four games, Feb. 1-8
Brian Boyle and Taylor Hall notched the assists on Zacha’s goal. It was Hall’s 16TH multi-point effort and Boyle’s first point, since Jan. 4 at DAL (G), and his first assist in 19 games (Dec. 18 vs. ANA).
The Devils were 1-2 (50.0%) on the power play tonight and did not take any penalties for the entire 60 minutes (also; Nov. 18 @ WPG).
New Jersey out-shot Calgary, 32-25, this evening. After two periods, the Devils were being out-shot, 20-24, however they limited their opponent to a season-best, one shot in the third.
Keith Kinkaid started his fifth straight game, Jan. 30-Feb.8, and was credited with the loss for the second straight game. He stopped 23 of 25 shots.
TOMORROW: 12PM Practice at RWJBarnabas Hockey House.
SAT: 11:30AM Morning Skate at Nationwide Arena
7PM @ Columbus Blue Jackets (MSG+, TOJN)
SUN: 10:30AM Morning Skate at Prudential Center
7PM vs. Boston Bruins (MSG+2, TOJN)
MON: 12:30PM Practice at RWJBarnabas Hockey House
TUES: 11:30AM Morning Skate at Wells Fargo Center
7PM @ Philadelphia Flyers (MSG+2, TOJN)
THUR: 10:30AM Morning Skate at Prudential Center
7PM vs. Carolina Hurricanes (MSG+, TOJN)