Devils win 10th straight after 5-1 win over Montreal | HISTORY OF THE GAME

Devils win 10th straight after 5-1 win over Montreal | HISTORY OF THE GAME

MONTREAL, what? πŸ‡§πŸ‡· The Devils extended their winning streak to ten straight after beating the Montreal Canadiens 5-1. The streak is not only the longest current streak in the NHL, but also the longest this season.

“The first period was a little rough, but then we woke up,” Vanecek said after the game. “Ten in a row is really big and I hope we keep it up.”

“(It’s a) team effort, we didn’t get off to a great start, but in the second and third periods we all came out together as a group and got those two points which are huge for us,” he said. Jonas Siegenthaler post game

After a slow start in the first period, the Devils quickly took over in the second period with Jack Hughes scoring just 3:57 into the middle frame. Hughes’ goal came on the Devils’ power play, as New Jersey has scored a power play goal in its last five straight. Less than three minutes later Dougie Hamilton scored to give the Devils a 2-0 lead. Montreal’s Evgenii Dadonov scored midway through the period to cut the Devils’ lead in half, but Hughes would score his second of the game five minutes later to make it 3-1 Devils.

In the third, Thomas Tartar he scored a goal but it was ruled offside. Despite this, Jesper Bratt would add to the Devils lead in the final ten minutes of regulation to give them a 4-1 lead going into the final minutes of play. To sweeten the victory, John Marino scored an empty net goal in the final minute to give the Devils a 5-1 victory.

“Similar to previous games, we really came back in the second and third and showed character. We didn’t really rise to our level in the first period and we gave them a lot of offense and we were feeding their offense against their skill players in the neutral zone,” Bratt said. “I think in the second and third we drove the puck deep and went to work and put a little smile on them, I think. And we also got a little more inside and created some goals with that.”

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Here are some additional observations from tonight…

-Jack Hughes scored twice in the second period for his first multi-goal game of the season. The forward extended his point streak to three games and started a goal streak, as he has scored in the last two games. The first of the night was a power play goal to open the scoring, and it was Hughes’ second of the season on the man advantage. His second gave the forward his first two-goal game since March 27, also against the Canadiens.

“He really stuck with him the whole game,” Bratt said of Hughes’ performance. “He played really well with the puck and he was creating a lot, especially on the power play there, he was willing to shoot, he was a big threat for all of us and that really shows what kind of player he is when he gets the opportunity. to make something happen.”

“He found the hole, a great shot on the power play and then in the second period to find that spot right over the pad on the far side, I thought that part of his game was outstanding,” Ruff said of Hughes.

-Dougie Hamilton’s second-period assist and goal extended his point streak to five games, his longest since joining NJD. He has three goals and four assists during those five games.

-In his first game since November 10, Vitek Vanecek picked up right where he left off. The goalie’s huge saves, especially in the first period, kept the Canadiens from scoring on several Grade A occasions. Vanecek finished the game with 25 saves on 26 shots.

β€œI felt good, I feel comfortable, so that was a good thing,” Vanecek said of his return to the lineup after missing the last game. “I’m just trying to be myself every game … get experience every game and hopefully I can get even better.”

“He had a really good game for us. I thought he looked really comfortable, really sharp. He made four or five big saves in that first period that were really high quality,” Ruff said. “He was the guy that kept us in first place, safe and looking comfortable.”

“He really stepped up like he was doing all season for us,” Bratt told Vanecek. “I think if it hadn’t been for him, the first period would have looked a lot different.”

-The Devils are second in the league in shots on goal with 37 per game, and New Jersey continued to create chances, finishing the game with 39. Conversely, the Devils are the best in the league at limiting their opponents’ chances. Although the Canadiens had 26, the Devils held their opponents to just five shots in the half, after allowing 15 in the first period.

-Montreal’s front line of Cole Caufield, Nick Suzuki and Kirby Dach is a fast line that knows how to score. All three are in the top three in points. The Devils knew a key to winning would be shutting down that line and New Jersey did just that.

“We knew they were just going to want to attack from our mistakes, so we tried to limit our mistakes and try to have good gaps against them, not give them anything, be close to them, not even give them a chance and I think we were pretty good tonight,” Siegenthaler said.

“I thought the second and third period I was aware that they were on the ice, trying to stay on top of them, not rush them, they’re a fast team and good speed up the ice and we just thought if we could outplay them. , make them really tough, at least we could limit their opportunities,” Ruff said of how his team shut down Montreal’s top line.

When asked about the identity this team has formed, especially during this winning streak, Ruff talked about how the team has come together for each win.

“It’s all about the team,” Ruff said after the game. “We have different moments, it’s any line that’s contributing, it’s any defense pairing, it’s our goalie making big saves. When you’re going that well, it’s all about team play and everyone contributing to the wins and we’ve been doing a very good job with that.”

The Devils will continue to Toronto for the second game of this Eastern Canadian road trip as they look to make it 11 straight.

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