New Jersey Devils 3 at Carolina Hurricanes 2 OT
- Attendance: 18,680
- Three Stars: 1. Jeff Skinner (CAR) 2. Taylor Hall (NJD) 2. Keith Kinkaid (NJD)**See @NJDevils on twitter and newjerseydevils.com for post-game pressers and sound**
The NHL’s hottest scorer, Taylor Hall, scored with just 23 seconds remaining in overtime to lead New Jersey to victory at PNC Arena. Hall extended his career-high, points-streak to 11 straight, Jan. 30-Feb. 18 (7G-7A-14PTS). The streak is the longest-active, point streak in the NHL and the second-longest behind I. Kovalchuk notched 14PTS (7G-7A) in 12GP in 2010-11.
- He also has a personal 18-game, points-streak (12G-14A-26PTS), Jan. 2-Feb. 18. He missed three games missed due to an injury (right hand/thumb) during that time, Jan. 2-Feb. 18.
- *Overall, Hall’s stretch of 16 consecutive games with at least 1PT is the longest such run in NJD franchise history. The record was previously owned by Patrik Elias
(15G-9A-24PTS in 15GP from Dec. 27, 1999-Jan. 28, 2000) and Brian Gionta
(12G-13A-25PTS from Mar. 12-Apr. 18, 2006).
*Credit NHL PR
Hall is tied for third in franchise history with .91 points-per-game among Devils’ that have at least 100 games played with the club. This season he has 1.15 points-per-game.1. Kirk Muller – .94 (556 GP)2. Alex Mogilny – .94 (121 GP)3. Ilya Kovalchuk – .91 (222 GP)Taylor Hall – .91 (125 GP)4. Patrik Elias – .83 (1240GP)
The NHL’s leader among all European-born NHL rookies, Nico Hischier, scored his 13TH goal of the season at 10:56 of the opening-period to put NJD ahead 1-0. Hischier has 4G-4A-8PTS, extending his season-high, pts, streak to five games, Feb. 11-18.
- It was Hischier’s first NHL PP goal.
Keith Kinkaid returned between the pipes after Eddie Lack’s first win as a Devil the previous night in TBL. The Farmingville, NY native stopped 40 of 42 shots to extend his career-high season to 13 wins. It was the third-most saves he has made in a game this season.
- It is the 21st time in franchise history that a goaltender has recorded multiple points in a season
- *Kinkaid also registed an assist, his second of the season and the second over his last two games (also; Feb.15 vs. CAR). Kinkaid has three assists in his NHL career.
- *The last Devils’ goalie to record an assist in consecutive appearance was Martin Brodeur (Mar. 23-26, 2006)
- *The last NHL goaltender to do so was Eddie Lack (as a Carolina Hurricane), Dec. 11-12, 2015).
- Credits to Craig Seiden – Devils Radio Statistician as well as Elias Sports Bureau
Sami Vatanen recorded assists (2A-2PTS) on Hischier’s and Hall’s goals continues to be New Jersey’s most offensive blueliner and, since Dec. 1, he ranks 1ST among NJD defensemen with 17PTS (1G-15A).
Defenseman John Moore recorded one assist tonight and needs just 2PTS for 100 in his NHL career. He has 2G-1A-3PTS over the last 4GP, Feb. 11-18.
The sophomore for Czech. Rep, Pavel Zacha, notched his 6th goal of the season, and his second in as many nights. His 19PTS (6G-13A) in 52GP this season are just shy of tying his rookie offensive totals, 8G-16A-24PTS in 70GP.
Kyle Palmieri skated in his 400TH NHL Game, and had the primary OT assist on Hall’s winning score.
The game concluded New Jersey’s 12TH of 16 sets of back-to-back games in 2017-18.
Prior to tonight’s match, the NHL’s Dept. of Player Safety announced that Miles Wood has been suspended for two games, Feb. 18-20, for boarding Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vladislav Namestniko.
- Click Here to watch the league’s video explanation.
Brian Boyle returned to action after missing the last three games with a right-shoulder injury.
The Devils are 10-7-1 against Metropolitan Division opponents and are 19-12-5 against the Eastern Conference in 2017-18. New Jersey is 31-20-8 (70PTS).
9 HALL – 13 HISCHIER – 21 PALMIERI
62 BRATT- 37 ZACHA – 18 STAFFORD
40 COLEMAN- 19 ZAJAC – 23 NOESEN
56 PIETILA – 11 BOYLE – 36 LAPPIN
6 GREENE – 45 VATANEN
2 MOORE – 28 SEVERSON
25 MUELLER – 12 LOVEJOY
1 – KINKAID
31 – LACK
TUESDAY: 10:30AM Morning Skate at Prudential Center; 7PM vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (MSG+, TOJN)
WEDNESDAY: Noon Practice at RWJBarnabas Hockey House
THURDAY: 10:30 Morning Skate at Prudential Center; 7PM vs. Minnesota Wild (MSG+, TOJN).
FRIDAY: Noon Practice at RWJBarnabas Hockey House
SATURDAY: 10:30 Morning Skate at Prudential Center; 7PM vs. New York Islanders (MSG+, TOJN)