New Jersey Devils 5 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 4 (SO)
Three Stars: 1. Michael Cammalleri 2. Travis Zajac 3. Auston Matthews
New Jersey snapped its season-long, three-game skid and is now 2-0 in the shootout and 7-0-1 at home this season.
The last time the Devils were undefeated in regulation through the first eight games of a season was in 1990-91 (7-0-1).
The Devils improved to 10-6-3=23pts on the season and are 4-3-2 vs. the Atlantic Division overall. New Jersey is 3-0-0 at home vs. Atlantic Division opponents.
New Jersey is 5-0-0 at home vs. Toronto since the 2013-14 season.
New Jersey ended its 0-29 power play drought, going 1-3 (33.3%) with the man-advantage.
New Jersey was 2-3 (66.7%) on the penalty-kill tonight and is 11-13 (84.6%) while shorthanded over the last five games.
The Devils were out-shot, 31-30, tonight, but out-shot Toronto, 29-28, in regulation-time.
New Jersey won 53% (36-68) of faceoffs tonight and out-hit the Maple Leafs, 19-9.
Michael Cammalleri returned to action after missing the last six games (personal reasons). He recorded a season-high four points (1g-3a), including a game-tying assist. The last time Cammalleri recorded four points in a game was Feb. 13, 2013 (3g-1a).
Cammalleri also had a career-high (tie, three times) nine shots on goal tonight.
Travis Zajac tallied three points (1g-2a) on the night. He opened the scoring for New Jersey at 0:32 of the second period. Zajac assisted on Cammalleri’s and Yohann Auvitu’s goals. It was Zajac’s second multi-point game of the season. He ended a five-game, point-less streak.
Auvitu tied the game at four apiece with 6:50 remaining in the third period. It was the second goal of the season for Auvitu in his first game returning from injury (upper body, three games missed).
Beau Bennett recorded his first goal of the season and his first goal as a Devil, ending the Devils’ 0-29 PP drought at 3:10 of the second period. The goal was his first since Apr. 3, 2016 (18 games).
Jacob Josefson had the game-deciding goal in the shootout for New Jersey. He is now 1-2 on the season and is 10-20 (50.0%) in his career. It was the fourth game-deciding goal of his career.
Andy Greene and Kyle Quincey had one assist each for the Devils tonight. Greene led the Devils with 23:54 of ice-time.
Devante Smith-Pelly assisted on Bennett’s goal. He has three points over his last four games (1g-2a).
Cory Schneider made his 14th start of the season and improved to 8-5-2 on the season. He stopped 27 of 31 (.871 save %) shots and was 3-3 in the shootout.