Hughes beats Devils at Canadiens for 10th straight win
MONTREAL — Jack Hughes scored twice and had an assist, and the New Jersey Devils extended their winning streak to 10 games with a 5-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Center on Tuesday.
Dougie Hamilton i Jesper Bratt each had a goal and an assist, and Dawson Mercer had two assists for New Jersey (13-3-0), which has not lost since Oct. 24.
Vitek Vanecek made 25 saves. The goaltender did not dress Saturday after being substituted in the third period of a 4-3 overtime win against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.
“We were loose in the first period, trading chances and we weren’t really committed to getting over the puck and preventing opportunities,” Devils coach Lindy Ruff said. “And I must give [the Canadiens] some credit They skated well, they put a few holes in us. I thought in the first period both goalies made great saves.”
The streak is the third-longest in Devils history, trailing 13 games in 2000-01 and 11 in 2005-06.
“We knew they wanted to attack because of our mistakes,” the New Jersey defenseman said Jonas Siegenthaler said “We just tried to limit our mistakes and have good gaps against them and not give them anything, be close to them, not even give them a chance, and I think we were pretty good tonight.”
Jake Allen made 34 saves, and Evgenii Dadonov scored his first goal for Montreal (8-7-1), which ended a season-high three-game winning streak.
“We knew they were playing well,” Canadiens captain Nick Suzuki said. “It’s a fast team, they go up and down the ice really fast, and I think we couldn’t find solutions early. We were on our heels a lot, playing in our own zone, and it’s not good. recipe for We”.
Hughes gave New Jersey a 1-0 lead at 3:57 of the second period, scoring from the left faceoff circle on a power-play for his 50th NHL goal.
“[Hughes] He really stuck with it the whole game and played really well with the puck,” Bratt said. “And he was creating a lot, especially on the power play there, he was ready to shoot. And he was a big threat for all of us and it really shows what kind of player he is when he gets a chance to make something happen.”
Hamilton made it 2-0 at 6:06, curling a wrist shot under the crossbar on a 2-on-1 after clearing the puck in the neutral zone.
Dadonov made it 2-1 at 9:55 when Sean MonahanDevils shot hit forward Yegor Sharangovich‘s skate and it spiraled crashing into the net.
Hughes extended the lead to 3-1 at 15:29, curling into the right circle and past Allen’s blocker, and Bratt made it 4-1 at 12:19 of the third period, scoring in the Allen’s back as he tried to get it. return to position
“We really came back in the second and third and showed a lot of character,” Bratt said.
John Marino scored an empty net goal at 19:56 to make it 5-1.
“I thought we turned the puck over a few times, and when you play a skilled team like that, that’s not a good recipe,” Monahan said.
NOTES: Vanecek is the first Devils goaltender to win seven straight decisions since Martin Brodeur and Johan Hedberg each did it in 2010-11. … Forwards of Montreal Jonathan Drouin (upper body) i Joel Armia (upper body) did not play. After the game, the Canadiens announced that Drouin will miss 4-6 weeks. … Montreal forward Juraj Slafkovsky had four shots on goal and three blocks in 12:24 of ice time after serving a two-game suspension for tackling Matt Luff of the Detroit Red Wings on Nov. 8… The Canadiens successfully challenged a goal by Thomas Tartar 15 seconds into the third period for offside. … Hamilton extended his point streak to five games (three goals, four assists). … Dadonov was acquired from the Vegas Golden Knights on June 16 for defenseman Shea Weber.
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