New Jersey Devils News & Clips: Dec. 10

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1) SUMMARY

The Devils fell to the Ducks, 6-5, in a shootout, in their first head-to-head contest of the 2018-19 campaign. The Devils will face-off with the Ducks in their final matchup of the season on January 19th at Prudential Center.

New Jersey will face-off against the San Jose Sharks tonight at SAP Center (10:30 pm, SN, NBCSCA, MSG+). Tonight’s game is the second and final contest between New Jersey and San Jose, and the second game of the Devils fifth of 14 sets back-to-back contests. New Jersey is 0-2-2 in second games so far. The Devils are 4-2-3 against Western Conference teams this season.

Abbey Mastracco, The Record, spoke to Devils head coach John Hynes about how he has seen improvement in goaltender Cory Schneider’s game.

“The fact that we put three in our net was a little bit of a different situation for sure,” Hynes said. “He got the start tonight and he made some strong saves. That’s what you’re looking for. I think you can see his game coming.”

“He’s a true pro,” Hynes said. “He continues to work at it and maintain the right attitude and you can see his game is coming around. It was just unfortunate tonight that there were some odd bounces that didn’t help him.”

Chris Ryan, NJ.com, spoke to Schneider about his performance in last night’s game.

“I mean, that first period was a little helter-skelter. I think both sides, (played) a little looser,” he said. “Not as many saves as we wanted, but you come out of it 3-3 and it is basically a 0-0 hockey game. You just have that mentality of starting over and I thought we did a good job in the second. I thought we took control of the game there and got the go ahead goal, and they [Ducks] made a push in the third.”

Amanda Stein, newjerseydevils.com, wrote her 10 takeaways following the Devils 6-5 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks last night.

Mike Morreale, NHL.com, spoke to Devils center Brian Boyle about what he has seen from rookie Brett Seney since he got the call up to play in the NHL.

“He wants to not only be here, but stay here,” Devils forward Brian Boyle said. “He’s a mature kid, and I can see leadership qualities in him as a first-year guy. He’s an honest player who just goes about his work.

“Teams today are built around speed, but in a fast league, Brett’s still one of the fastest guys. The other element that separates him is the way he competes. I saw it right in the beginning of training camp; he’s really a tenacious player and competes hard. He wants to get his nose in there and make a difference.”

Morreale also spoke to Devils head coach John Hynes about how Seney has been able to persevere in the NHL even though he may not be the biggest body on the ice.

“Maybe he doesn’t have the biggest body or size, but he has that explosive quickness, strength on his skates,” Devils coach John Hynes said. “He’s tenacious and not afraid of confrontation. He plays the game in the hard areas, and that’s why he’s been able to come in and have success.

“Every player in our locker room has some sort of NHL element to their game, but how do you impact and how do you push the needle in a more productive way? For us, we feel Brett is one of those guys.”

2) LOCAL PRINT/WEB

1. Why NJ Devils’ Cory Schneider is confident his luck will turn

By Abbey Mastracco, Fire and Ice

https://www.northjersey.com/story/sports/nhl/devils/fireandice/2018/12/09/why-nj-devils-cory-schneider-confident-his-luck-turn/2262010002/

ANAHEIM — Cory Schneider is having a tough year.

The Devils have scored on Schneider, their own goalie, in each of his last two starts. There was a start before that where he shut out a team for 59:30 but couldn’t get any offensive support.

It’s no secret the 32-year-old goalie is struggling to re-establish his game after a few years of hip injuries. The injuries are now past him after an offseason surgery but numbers show that he hasn’t quite found his game yet: 0-5-1 with a 4.29 GAA and a 0.863 save percentage.

So a trio of own-goals was the last thing he needed but it’s exactly what he got in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night at Honda Center.

“Bad bounces going into the net,” Schneider said. “I’m not sure how you view that in the prism of defending a league or playing in the third. But we didn’t quit.”

New Jersey didn’t quit, with Marcus Johansson working his 6-on-5 magic yet again and tying the game at 5-5 with 58 seconds left in regulation. The Devils are still searching for their first overtime win but getting the game into a shootout was a step in the right direction.

However, they don’t think they should have been in that position in the first place because Schneider gave New Jersey enough of a chance to win. It was the three goals put past Schneider by Stefan Noesen, Ben Lovejoy and Andy Greene that made the difference.

“You can’t do much about bad bounces and pucks getting deflected and not being able to see pucks,” Devils’ forward Kyle Palmieri said. “But for us, he’s battling in there and we’re trying to battle in front of him but pucks seem to just find their way off different things and end up in the back of the net.”

Devils’ coach John Hynes has never seen three own-goals like that at the NHL level. Maybe it speaks to just how bad Schneider’s luck has been or maybe it was just a strange night. Regardless, he doesn’t think Schneider’s performance was as bad as it the scoresheet would indicate.

“The fact that we put three in our net was a little bit of a different situation for sure,” Hynes said. “He got the start tonight and he made some strong saves. That’s what you’re looking for. I think you can see his game coming.”

Luck is a funny thing. Sometimes you have it and sometimes it’s out of your control. When things are going well, it might seem like a team gets a few more lucky bounces here and there. But when things are a struggle, as they have been for the Devils, those bad bounces seem to happen a little more often.

“My teammates step in front of a lot of pucks and block a lot of shots for me so obviously they’re not trying to do it on purpose,” Schneider said. “That’s hockey. When you’re going great and winning games everything seems to stay out but when you’re in a stretch like I am they all seem to go in.

“But it will turn, it won’t happen forever.”

Schneider is still taking ownership of the loss, as he has after every one of them and he’s had quite a few this year. He hasn’t won a regular season game since December 27, 2017.

Call it snakebitten or call it unlucky, he’s still not letting it get him down.

“He’s a true pro,” Hynes said. “He continues to work at it and maintain the right attitude and you can see his game is coming around. It was just unfortunate tonight that there were some odd bounces that didn’t help him.”

2. NJ Devils score 3 times on own net in 6-5 shootout loss to Ducks

By Abbey Mastracco, The Record

https://www.northjersey.com/story/sports/nhl/devils/2018/12/09/nj-devils-score-3-times-own-net-6-5-shootout-loss-ducks/2260463002/

ANAHEIM — Both goalies on the ice on Sunday night at Honda Center were chasing milestones of sorts.

Anaheim Ducks’ backup goalie Ryan Miller was one win shy of surpassing John Vanbiesbrouck’s mark of 374 wins, the most for an American-born goalie.

The other American-born goalie in the game was chasing a more dubious honor: His first regular-season win in a calendar year.

Neither goalie would reach those milestones.

Miller was injured in the third period and John Gibson became the goalie of record. The Devils, somewhat unbelievably, scored three times on their own goalie, Cory Schneider.

Perhaps more unbelievably, Marcus Johansson tied it up with 58 seconds left and the Devils made it to a shootout for the first time this season. But Ryan Getzlaf and Daniel Sprong scored for the Ducks in a shootout to give Anaheim (16-11-5) a 6-5 win. The Devils (10-12-6) lost their seventh game in eight tries.

“That’s the first time in my experiences where we had three that got in,” coach John Hynes said. “Sometimes something gets deflected in or hits someone else and goes in but those were a little bit odd tonight.”

Schneider made 35 saves and one in the shootout. Gibson denied the Devils’ two shooters, Kyle Palmieri and Taylor Hall.

Two of the three own-goal offenders, Stefan Noesen and Ben Lovejoy used to play for the Ducks. Andy Greene, the Devils’ captain, had the third offensive transgression.

“It was just a couple of bad bounces for us once again,” Schneider said. “That’s kind of been a recurring theme.”

Brett Seney put the Devils ahead 4-3 at the 9-minute mark of the second period when he cleaned up a rebound by Jesper Bratt. But at at 8:35 in the third, a Pontus Aberg shot took an errant bounce off the glove of Lovejoy and the game was knotted once again.

A wild scramble in front of the net resulted in a power play goal for the Ducks at 13:58. Greene batted in a shot by Ondrej Kase from midair.

An eventful first period resulted in six combined goals and a 3-3 score at the end of it. Both teams looked equal parts awesome and awful. Palmieri, who came to the Devils in a draft-day trade from Anaheim in 2015, scored twice for his fifth two-goal game of the season and his second straight.

Palmieri opened the scoring 1:38 into the game but it didn’t take long for Anaheim’s Jakob Silfverberg to net the equalizer. Noesen, one of four former Ducks now playing for New Jersey, then pinged a pass by Kiefer Sherwood into his own net to give the Ducks a lead at 2:47.

The momentum continued to swing wildly in each direction. Damon Severson finished off a tic-tac-toe passing sequence on the power play to put the Devils up 3-2 at 13:08 but the offender who gave the visitors a power play, Brandon Montour, scored 31 seconds later to tie the game at 3-3.

“The first was tough for both goalies but my guys kept coming back and putting them in,” Schneider said. “You try to shake that off and treat it like a 0-0 game and I thought I did a pretty good job of trying to shut it down and hold the fort there.”

It’s almost unbelievable the luck that Schneider has had — or maybe hasn’t had — over the last year. Schneider remains searching for his first win since December 27, 2017.

“Cory did a great job battling for us,” Palmieri said. “He’s a warrior and he’s going to keep battling and giving us a chance to win hockey games.”

Notes

Miller left the game with 12:47 left to play after a collision in the net and his win total remains at 374. … The Devils have scored an own-goal in each of Schneider’s last two starts with Sami Vatanen, another former Duck, scoring one in a loss in Tampa Bay on Nov. 25. … Noesen didn’t take a shift in the second period and logged just 5:17 on the ice. … The Devils scratched Drew Stafford, Mirco Mueller and Steven Santini. … Keith Kinkaid will get the start in net for the Devils on Monday night in San Jose.

3. Devils’s own goals lead to another loss for Cory Schneider against Ducks

By Chris Ryan, NJ.com

https://www.nj.com/devils/2018/12/devilss-own-goals-lead-to-another-loss-for-cory-schneider-against-ducks.html#incart_river_index

One own goal can be chalked up to a bad bounce. Two could be considered rotten luck.

But three own goals in one game? That type of misfortune seems almost comical.

Yet the Devils managed to put three pucks into their own net on Sunday, making life even tougher on goalie Cory Schneider, who was searching for his first win in his sixth start of the season.

Devils coach John Hynes had never seen anything like it during his career behind the bench.

“Those were a little bit odd tonight. It’s situations where you have to find a way to overcome,” Hynes told reporters in Anaheim. “It’s not something that you can let deflate you. You have to continue to play, continue to push and we felt as though we did that for the most part tonight.”

Despite all that, the Devils still had opportunities to win, but they managed to salvage just one point in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

The Ducks, trailing 4-3 entering the third period, made their predictable push to get back in the game. Schneider made seven saves on shots actually taken by Ducks in the final 20 minutes, but two pucks went in off his own defensemen after forward Stefan Noesen had already poked in one own goal in the first period.

The tying goal in the third period came off an innocently chipped puck toward net, where the Ducks seemed to be happy just to get the it down the ice for a line change. Instead, when Ben Lovejoy went to catch it, the puck bounced off his wrist and floated over Schneider, into the back of the net.

Then as the Devils killed off a Ducks power play, a mad scramble in front of net led to a puck bouncing in the air above the crease. Andy Greene attempted to whack it over the crossbar and behind the net. Instead, the puck went straight into the netting behind Schneider.

Again, despite all that, the Devils managed to tie the game on a Marcus Johansson 6-on-5 goal in the final minute, sending the game to overtime.

Schneider ended up with 33 saves on 38 shots, and he stopped all six shots he saw in overtime.

“He made a big save on (Adam) Henrique’s breakaway late in the game there,” Devils forward Kyle Palmieri said. “I mean, he is battling for us. It’s hard to see him go through the bad bounces and not finding a way to win games, but he is a warrior and he is going to keep battling, giving us a chance to win hockey games.”

Schneider did allow two early goals around the Noesen own goal, but he settled in to stop every actual Ducks shot the rest of the way.

“I mean, that first period was a little helter-skelter. I think both sides, (played) a little looser,” he said. “Not as many saves as we wanted, but you come out of it 3-3 and it is basically a 0-0 hockey game. You just have that mentality of starting over and I thought we did a good job in the second. I thought we took control of the game there and got the go ahead goal, and they [Ducks] made a push in the third.”

4. Devils lose to Ducks in shootout after 3 own goals in regulation | Rapid reaction

By Chris Ryan, NJ.com

https://www.nj.com/devils/2018/12/devils-lose-to-ducks-in-shootout-after-3-own-goals-in-regulation-rapid-reaction.html#incart_river_index

Goals by Daniel Sprong and Ryan Getzlaf gave the Anaheim Ducks a 6-5 shootout victory over the Devils on Sunday at Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

Kyle Palmieri and Taylor Hall both failed to score on their respective attempts. Hall hit the crossbar after Sprong beat goalie Cory Schneider for the first goal. Getzlaf then ended the game as the Ducks’ third shooter.

Overtime and the shootout came after 60 of the strangest minutes of hockey the Devils will play all season.

The Devils managed to score three — yes, three — own goals, including two in the third period that turned a 4-3 Devils lead into a 5-4 deficit. Those two odd deflections appeared to put the Devils in position for a devastating regulation defeat, but a Marcus Johansson 6-on-5 goal with Schneider on the bench tied the game at 5-5 with 58 seconds to play.

All of that came after the two teams combined for six goals in the first period, including the first own goal for the Devils.

Scoring plays

Schneider’s final stats don’t look terrific. He allowed five goals on 38 shots. But again, three of them came on some of the strangest bounces any goalie will see.

With the game tied 1-1 in the first period, a Kiefer Sherwood pass was poked past Schnedier by Devils forward Stefan Nosen, who was attempting to break up the play.

The Ducks tied the game at 4-4 in the third period when Devils defenseman Ben Lovejoy attempted to catch a puck flipped toward the crease by Ducks forward Pontus Aberg. Instead, the puck hit Lovejoy’s glove and bounced softly over Schneider, who couldn’t do much to stop it.

Then after Schneider made a couple tough saves to kill off a Ducks power play, but defenseman Andy Greene batted a puck out of midair and into net for a 5-4 lead.

Johansson then tied the game at 5-5 when he scored on a scramble in front in the final minutes, allowing the Devils to salvage one point.

Before that madness, you probably missed a goal If you blinked in the first half of the first period.

The teams traded six goals over the opening 13:39, resulting in a 3-3 tie that lasted until the first intermission. Each team held a lead during that stretch.

Palmieri scored the first of his two goals 1:38 into play when he popped in a rebound near the right post. A Egor Yakovlev shot rattled off the boards behind the net and back to Palmieri, who netted his 15th of the season.

Just 69 seconds later, the Ducks had a 2-1 lead. They tied it at 2:12 when a Jakob Silfverberg weaved through traffic and past Schneider. Noesen’s own goal put the Ducks up 2-1 at 2:47.

Noesen played three more shifts in the first period before sitting for the entire second period. He returned to the ice early in the third.

That 2-1 deficit didn’t last long for the Devils, who answered with two more goals. Palmieri tied it at 2-2 on his 16th of the season by one-timing a Taylor Hall pass from the right circle at 10:49.

Damon Severson capitalized on the Devils’ first power play at 13:08 when he popped in a shot from the left circle off a Marcus Johansson feed.

Brandon Montour capped off the craziness with another tying goal 31 seconds later, bringing the Ducks even at 3-3.

Both sides settled down from there until Seney gave the Devils a 4-3 lead at 9:00 of the second. After dropping a pass to Jesper Bratt near the right wall, Seney raced to the slot and found a rebound, which he sent five-hole on Ducks goalie Ryan Miller for his second of the season.

Next up

The Devils will end their California road trip with a 10:30 p.m. Eastern face-off against the San Jose Sharks on Monday at SAP Center in San Jose.

They will return home to host the Vegas Golden Knights at 7 p.m. on Friday at Prudential Center in Newark.

5. Devils earn one point in shootout loss to Ducks

By Amanda Stein, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/news/devils-earn-one-point-in-shootout-loss-to-ducks/c-302777222

ANAHEIM, CA – Despite taking three separate leads against the Anaheim Ducks, and tying the game at five in the dying seconds on a goal by Marcus Johansson, the New Jersey Devils could not seal the deal against the Anaheim Ducks. The Devils dropped their Sunday matchup 6-5 in a shootout.

The Devils and Ducks traded six-goals in the first period alone in the high scoring affair, with the Devils going 1-0-1 so far on their California road trip. Their last stop is in San Jose Monday night.

Here are 10 takeaways from the game:

1. For the fifth time this season, Devils goaltender Cory Schneider was given the start in net. Schneider made 33 saves on 38 shots in regulation and overtime but went 1-for-3 in stopping Anaheim in the shootout.

2. The Devils boast four former Anaheim Ducks on their current roster. Stefan Noesen, Kyle Palmieri, Ben Lovejoy, and most recently, Sami Vatanen were all once members of the Ducks.

On Anaheim’s roster, forwards Adam Henrique and Brian Gibbons are former members of the New Jersey Devils.

3. While coach John Hynes elected to go with a lineup with the same skaters that won against the L.A. Kings earlier this week, he did make some adjustments on defense. The Devils defense lined up as follows:

Andy Greene – Damon Severson

Will Butcher – Sami Vatanen

Egor Yakovlev – Ben Lovejoy

Moving Butcher to the second pairing gave the second-year defenseman a chance at greater ice time. He played 25:01 for a season high in ice-time.

4. Kyle Palmieri began his two-point night by scoring the game’s opening goal just 1:38 after the opening puck drop. Palmieri cleaned up on an Egor Yakovlev shot that ricocheted off the end boards right onto Palmieri’s stick. The goal was Palmieri’s 15th of the season, as he continues to lead the Devils in the goal department.

Yakovlev earned the lone assist, the third assist and fourth point of his NHL career.

5. Though the Ducks would take a 2-1 lead after Palmieri’s opening goal, the former Duck and current Devil still wasn’t done scoring against his former team. At 10:49 of the first period, Palmieri – for a second consecutive game – scored his second goal of the night off a feed from Taylor Hall.

The two-goal effort in the first period, marked the fifth time this season Palmieri has scored two goals in a game. To date, the Devils are 4-0-1 when the New Jersey native registers two-goals in a game.

6. The Devils power play appears to have found a groove. For the third time in four games, New Jersey has scored a power play goal. The second unit connected at 13:08 of the opening 20-minutes where Marcus Johansson, from behind the Ducks net, found a streaking Damon Severson down the left side of the ice. Severson ripped a shot past Ducks netminder Ryan Miller for a 3-2 Devils lead.

7. With Hall’s assist on Palmieri’s second goal of the game, the dynamic forward now has 12 points his in past nine games. Hall has been wracking up the assists, with nine in his last nine games and adding three goals.

Hall is currently one goal shy of 200 in his NHL career.

8. After a six-goal output by both teams in the opening 20 minutes of play, just a single goal was scored in the second period. That goal went to Devils rookie Brett Seney, for his second career NHL goal.

Seney was opportunistic, driving to the net as Ducks Miller gave up a juicy rebound in the slot. The 22-year-old was in the right place at the right time to tap the puck in. The goal gave the Devils their third lead of the night at 9:00 of the second period.

9. New Jersey went nearly the entire game without taking a penalty. It was Damon Severson who was called for the Devils only penalty of the game, a hook with 8:09 left in regulation. It is the fourth time this season New Jersey has taken just a single penalty in a game.

10. Marcus Johansson had the Devils 6-on-5 goal to tie the game with under a minute to play. The forward tied the game at five after the Ducks had taken a one-goal lead at the 13:58 mark of the third period.

Johansson scored his second 6-on-5 goal of the season and his sixth overall goal to take the game into overtime. Nico Hischier and Brian Boyle were credited with the assists. Hischier now has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past five games.

3) TV/VIDEO LINKS

1. WATCH: NJ Devils’ Cory Schneider owns loss in game with three own-goals

By Abbey Mastracco, The Record

https://www.northjersey.com/videos/sports/nhl/devils/2018/12/10/watch-nj-devils-cory-schneider-owns-loss-game-three-own-goals/2261899002/

2. 12/9/18 Postgame: Cory Schneider

By New Jersey Devils, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/video/12918-postgame-cory-schneider/t-277437418/c-63819203

3. 12/9/18 Postgame: Kyle Palmieri

By New Jersey Devils, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/video/12918-postgame-kyle-palmieri/t-277437418/c-63819103

3. 12/9/18 Postgame: John Hynes

By New Jersey Devils, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/video/12918-postgame-john-hynes/t-277437418/c-63819003

4. 12/9/18 Players to Watch

By New Jersey Devils, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/video/12918-players-to-watch/t-277437418/c-63807103

5. 12/9/18 Pregame: John Hynes

By New Jersey Devils, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/video/12918-pregame-john-hynes/t-277437418/c-63805903

6. DEVILS GET A POINT IN WILD ONE IN ANAHEIM: HIGHLIGHTS & ANALYSIS

By MSG Networks

https://www.msgnetworks.com/videos/devils-get-a-point-in-wild-one-in-anaheim-highlights-analysis/

7. ON THE ICE WITH DANO & SAL: SENEY & GAINING LEVERAGE VS. DEFENSEMEN

By MSG Networks

https://www.msgnetworks.com/videos/on-the-ice-with-dano-sal-seney-gaining-leverage-vs-defensemen/

8. SCHNEIDER TALKS SHOOTOUT LOSS TO DUCKS & HIS EFFORT

By MSG Networks

https://www.msgnetworks.com/videos/schneider-talks-shootout-loss-to-ducks-his-effort/

9. JOHN HYNES MIC’D UP AT DEVILS PRACTICE

By MSG Networks

https://www.msgnetworks.com/videos/john-hynes-micd-up-at-devils-practice/

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5) NATIONAL PRINT/WEB

1. Ducks top Devils in shootout for sixth victory in seven games

By Dan Arritt, NHL.com

https://www.nhl.com/news/new-jersey-devils-anaheim-ducks-game-recap/c-302766104

ANAHEIM — Ondrej Kase had a goal and two assists and the Anaheim Ducks came from behind three times in a 6-5 shootout win against the New Jersey Devils at Honda Center on Sunday.

Brandon Montour had a goal and an assist, Ryan Getzlaf had two assists and scored the deciding goal in the shootout for Anaheim (16-11-5), which has won six of its past seven games.

Ryan Miller allowed four goals on 27 shots for Anaheim before leaving at 7:13 of the third period with an injury. John Gibson replaced him and made seven saves.

Kyle Palmieri scored two goals, Marcus Johansson had a goal and an assist, Jesper Bratt had two assists and Cory Schneider made six of his 32 saves in overtime for New Jersey (10-12-6), which scored into its own net three times.

“It was a bizarre game,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “It was one of those games that seemed like the last shot would win it.”

Johansson tied game at 5-5 with 58 seconds left in the third period and Schneider pulled for an extra skater.

“Three or four of the last times we have pulled the goalie we seem to have scored and tied it up,” Schneider said.

Kase was credited with the goal that gave the Ducks a 5-4 lead at 13:58 of the third period. New Jersey defenseman Andy Greene tried to slap the puck out of the air but he hit it into his own net.

Pontus Aberg tied the game 4-4 at 8:35 of the third period for the Ducks. He flipped the puck toward the New Jersey net from just inside the blue line. Devils defenseman Ben Lovejoy tried to stop the puck with his glove, but it deflected off Schneider’s glove and into the net.

“We got a little bit lucky getting goals off their players but we stuck to it,” Aberg said.

Brett Seney gave the Devils a 4-3 lead at 9:00 of the second period. Miller made a save on Bratt’s shot from the right circle but the rebound came out to the slot and Seney was there to score on a one-timer.

Each team scored three times in the first period.

Palmieri, who has four goals in his past two games, gave the Devils a 1-0 lead at 1:38.

Egor Yakovlev shot wide and the puck went off the end boards and came out just to the left of Miller. Palmieri was in position to lift the puck over the outstretched left pad of Miller for a 1-0 lead.

Jakob Silfverberg scored for the third straight game to make it 1-1 at 2:12.

Anaheim defenseman Josh Manson stopped the puck just before it exited the New Jersey zone and passed it to Silfverberg, who made a stick move to turn around Devils forward Nico Hischier and scored from just above the left circle.

Kiefer Sherwood gave Anaheim a 2-1 lead at 2:47. He tried to center a pass to Carter Rowney but the puck hit the stick of New Jersey forward Stefan Noesen, went off his leg and across the goal line for a 2-1 lead at 2:47.

It was the fastest three goals by two teams to open a game this season.

Palmieri made it 2-2 at 10:49. Taylor Hall stole the puck behind the Anaheim net, fed Palmieri from below the goal line and he scored on a one-timer from the right circle.

New Jersey regained a 3-2 lead when Damon Severson scored on the power play at 13:08.

After Montour was called for hooking Travis Zajac at 11:46, Johansson received a pass just below the goal line and he made a diagonal pass through the crease to Severson, who scored on a one-timer.

Anaheim was headed for its first power play but Montour scored from the right circle before it could begin, tying the game 3-3 at 13:39.

“That first period was a little helter-skelter,” Schneider said.

They said it

“It was the first time in my experience where you had three [own goals] that went in. Something gets deflected in and hits someone else and goes in. Those were a little bit odd tonight.” — Devils coach John Hynes

“When you get a few of those bounces, it’s big. We didn’t get any in the first two months of the season. It’s nice to get a couple tonight.” — Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf

Need to know

Miller was trying for his 375th NHL win, which would have moved him past John Vanbiesbrouck as the winningest U.S.-born goalie in NHL history. Carlyle did not provide an update on his injury. … Getzlaf has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in the past 11 games. He needs one point for 900 in his NHL career. … The shootout was the first this season for New Jersey. … Hall has 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in the past nine games.

What’s next

Devils: At the San Jose Sharks on Monday (10:30 p.m. ET; SN, NBCSCA, MSG+, NHL.TV)

Ducks: Host the Dallas Stars on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; PRIME, FS-SW+, NHL.TV)

2. Rookie watch: Hard work paying off for Seney with Devils

By Mike Morreale, NHL.com

https://www.nhl.com/news/rookie-center-brett-seney-impressing-new-jersey-devils/c-302768328

Brett Seney has impressed teammates and coaches with his speed and competitive nature in his first season with the New Jersey Devils.

Since making his NHL debut Nov. 3, the rookie center has two goals, three assists and 19 shots on goal in 18 games with the Devils. The 22-year-old scored his first NHL goal Nov. 11 at the Winnipeg Jets.

“He wants to not only be here, but stay here,” Devils forward Brian Boyle said. “He’s a mature kid, and I can see leadership qualities in him as a first-year guy. He’s an honest player who just goes about his work.

“Teams today are built around speed, but in a fast league, Brett’s still one of the fastest guys. The other element that separates him is the way he competes. I saw it right in the beginning of training camp; he’s really a tenacious player and competes hard. He wants to get his nose in there and make a difference.”

Seney, chosen by the Devils in the sixth round (No. 157) of the 2015 NHL Draft, has played center and wing in a third and fourth-line role with New Jersey, but he said he prefers center because his speed enables him to quickly find open areas. Seney (5-foot-9, 156 pounds) has shown he can be a responsible player in the defensive zone.

“Maybe he doesn’t have the biggest body or size, but he has that explosive quickness, strength on his skates,” Devils coach John Hynes said. “He’s tenacious and not afraid of confrontation. He plays the game in the hard areas, and that’s why he’s been able to come in and have success.

“Every player in our locker room has some sort of NHL element to their game, but how do you impact and how do you push the needle in a more productive way? For us, we feel Brett is one of those guys.”

Seney understands he needs to continue to play a hard and responsible game to remain a fixture in the lineup.

“It’s definitely in the back of your head, earning your role and sticking on the roster,” he said. “I think every day is a new opportunity to go out there and show what you could do and kind of move up that ladder. Being a smaller guy, maybe I have to take a couple more strides out there to keep up with some of the bigger guys with longer strides.

“I think for as long as I can remember, skating has always been my best asset and that was something from a young age that I knew, as a smaller guy, if I wanted to make it, I had to skate so that was a huge focus. I proved to myself I could play with these guys and getting it done in college was probably the point where I kind of had that thought that making it to the NHL was a possibility.”

Seney, born in London, Ontario, dreamed of playing in the Ontario Hockey League, but instead felt the Ontario Junior Hockey League and college route would be a better fit.

He wasn’t surprised to be passed over his first year of eligibility in the 2014 NHL Draft as a second-year player in the OJHL with Kingston.

“I put up a lot of points (69), but I think there were a lot of parts to my game that I needed to improve too,” Seney said.

Seney began opening some eyes as a freshman at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, in 2014-15. He scored 26 points (11 goals, 15 assists) in 34 games and was drafted by the Devils.

Seney played four seasons at Merrimack and scored 115 points (42 goals, 73 assists) in 139 games before the Devils signed him to a two-year, entry-level contract March 16. He had 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) with Binghamton of the American Hockey League in 22 games the past two seasons before being promoted.

“I was quite a bit smaller when I was 16, so I started looking at some school routes (including University of Massachusetts, Clarkson, Providence), and watched college games and fell in love with the atmosphere,” Seney said. “Merrimack was a smaller school, a lesser-known school, but the staff there with head coach Mark Dennehy and assistants Curtis Carr and Bill Gilligan really helped me a lot.”

Dennehy was hired to coach Binghamton on Aug. 1, so he knew of Seney’s skating ability and opportunistic mindset in the offensive zone.

“What I’m proudest of with Brett is, No. 1, he’s an unbelievable competitor,” Dennehy said. “He plays his tail off, he wants to play fast. He’s incredibly dynamic, and he really worked on getting stronger.”

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