Vanecek helps Devils defeat Flames and extend winning streak to seven
NEWARK, NJ — Vitek Vanecek made 33 saves, and the New Jersey Devils held on to extend their winning streak to seven games with a 3-2 win against the Calgary Flames at the Prudential Center on Tuesday.
“When we needed him, he made that big save,” Devils coach Lindy Ruff said.
Nico Hischier i Dougie Hamilton each had a goal and an assist, and Thomas Tartar had two assists for New Jersey (10-3-0), which had not won seven straight since Feb. 6-19, 2011.
“We just want to keep rolling,” said Hischier, the Devils’ captain. “Obviously we’ve got a lot of confidence now, but like I said at the start of the year, we can’t go too low if we lose a couple and we can’t go too high if we win a couple. Try to stay on the same page, come in and work on the mistakes and try to be a better team.”
Hischier broke a 2-2 tie on a quick shot from the left faceoff circle at 11:50 of the third period.
Rasmus Andersson had two assists, and Jacob Markstrom made 17 saves for Calgary (5-5-2), which has lost six straight (0-4-2). Markstrom made 28 saves in a 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Islanders on Monday.
“At the end of the day, frustration will get you nowhere,” Flames says Nazem Kadri said “It’s just going to dig you a deeper hole. I believe in the guys here and we’re just going to have to dig.”
New Jersey overcame two field goals disallowed by video review.
Kadri gave Calgary a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal on a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle at 11:58 of the first period.
The Devils had their first goal disallowed at 17:57 when the forward decided Jesper Boqvist preceded the puck into the offensive zone 29 seconds before the defense Jonas Siegenthaler scoring with a wrister from the point.
“You have to be able to deal with adversity and we had a couple tough ones against us,” Ruff said. “Sometimes you get them, sometimes you don’t, and we didn’t.”
The second goal was tipped at 3:53 of the second period when it was called Yegor Sharangovich used a different kicking motion to drive the puck across the goal line from the slot.
“It wasn’t our best game,” Hischier said. “In the first period we didn’t have the legs, honestly, and it was embarrassing. But we found a way to come back. In the end, if you’re going to win these games, it’s huge. We found a way. and it was good to get the two points.”
Ryan Graves tied it 1-1 on a quick shot from the left faceoff circle at 5:14.
Vanecek stopped back-to-back shots Tyler Toffoli on a wrist shot from the slot at 14:22 before stretching the left pad to deny Elias Lindholm in the right place
“I think the one in the second period [against Lindholm] he was probably the save that helped us win the hockey game,” Ruff said.
Hamilton made it 2-1 with a 5-on-3 power-play goal at 16:37.
“Anytime you lose, it’s frustrating, but honestly, it’s not about that,” Flames coach Darryl Sutter said. “It’s not about the effort. I don’t question that. It’s about the execution.”
Toffoli tied the game at 2-2 with a power play goal at 5:13 of the third period from the left circle.
“You’ve got to find different ways to win a game and we’ve been able to find different ways to win a game,” Ruff said. “It wasn’t a comfortable first period for a lot of our guys. They kept us on our heels, but I thought the beginning of the second, we got back into our game, used some of our speed and got some good quality. hockey.”
NOTES: Flames forward Jonathan Huberdeau he didn’t play because he couldn’t fit his swollen foot into the skate before the game, according to Sutter. He is the day to day. Huberdeau was replaced by Adam Ruzicka, who had one assist and two hits in 15:43 of ice time. … Defender Dennis Gilbert had two shots in 11:28 in his Flames debut after being waived Sunday by Calgary of the American Hockey League. He signed a two-year contract on July 13. … The Flames were 2-for-4 on the power play after going 0-for-12 the previous five games. … Hischier extended his point streak to five games (seven points; three goals, four assists), and Tatar extended his assist/point streak to five games (six assists). … New Jersey tied the fewest games in franchise history to reach 10 wins (13 games, 1993-94).
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