New Jersey Devils 5 vs. Anaheim Ducks 3
- Attendance: 16,514 (sold out)
- Three Stars: 1. Stefan Noesen 2. Miles Wood 3. Jesper Bratt
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The Devils won, 5-3, in their first of two games against the Anaheim Ducks. The clubs will face-off for their second and final time on March 18, 2018 at Honda Center.
New Jersey is now 5-3-2 (4-1-1 home) vs. Pacific Division opponents and are 10-5-2 (6-2-1 home) against the Western Conference.
Tonight is the second of New Jersey’s season-high, six-game, home-stand, spanning 14 days from Dec. 15-29: They are 2-0-0. The club has out-scored opponents 10-5 thus far.
Fri., Dec. 15: NJD 5 vs. DAL 2.
Mon., Dec. 18 NJD 5 vs. ANA. 3
Thurs., Dec. 21 NJD vs. NYR.
Sat., Dec. 23: NJD vs. CHI.
Wed., Dec. 27: NJD vs. DET.
Fri., Dec. 29: NJD vs. BUF.
The Ducks took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission, despite being limited to just six shots, with goals from Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf (assists; R. Rakell, J. Manson) and Jakob Silfverberg (assist A. Cogliano, A. Henrique).
Miles Wood cut the Ducks’ lead in half with his eighth goal, third on the power play, of the season at 8:11 of the second period. Sami Vatanen notched the primary assist for his first assist/point as a New Jersey Devil and his first point in 14 games (Nov. 19 vs. FLA). Jesper Bratt also had an assist, his 13th, on the power play and now leads all Devils’ rookies with 23 points on the campaign.
Adam Henrique responded for the Ducks, scoring his eighth of the season (fourth with Anaheim) with a backhand shot to put the visitors ahead 3-1. However, Miles Wood was able to notch his second goal of the evening with just 1:44 remaining to cut Anaheim’s lead to just one-goal after 40 minutes of play. He has surpassed his 2016-17 total with nine goals and needs just two points to tie his 2016-17 total of 17.
It was the the first time that Devils’ defenseman Sami Vatanen faced his former club since being traded to New Jersey from Anaheim, along with a conditional 3rd-round pick in the 2019 or 2020 NHL Draft in exchange for Adam Henrique, Joseph Blandisi and New Jersey’s 2018 3rd-round pick, on Nov. 30. It is also Henrique and Blandisi’s first-game, facing New Jersey in their careers.
- Vatanen finished tonight’s game with one assist and needs just 6 to reach 100 in his NHL career
- Henrique notched one assist on Jakob Silfverberg’s first period goal. He completed the evening with two points (1G-1A). The club saluted Henrique’s Devils’ career with a video tribute during a TV-timeout in the 1st period.
In the third period, Jesper Bratt, broke the tie with a wrist shot that beat Ducks’ netminder Ryan Miller. The goal was the game-winner and Bratt’s second in his rookie season. He finished the night with two points and was awarded as the games’s first star.
Brian Boyle racked-up three assists in the final 14:04 of the third period on each of the final three Devils’ goals. He has 6 points (2G-4A) over the past two games. His 3A (3PTS) matched his career-high for the second-game in a row. (also; Dec. 15, 2017 vs. DAL 2G-1A, Dec. 27, 2010, NYR 7 vs NYI 2, 1G-2A.
The game’s first star, Stefan Noesen, notched the game’s winning score at 15:53 of the final period. He added a second goal, on an empty net, for his first career two goal game.
Cory Schneider made his fourth consecutive start in goal and stopped 21 of 24 shots and is 14-6-4 on the season. He is 8-3-1 with a .926 save-percentage against the Western Conference and is 4-1-1 with a matching save% against the Pacific Division
UPCOMING SCHEDULE *Subject to change
Tomorrow: 12PM Practice at RWJBarnabas Hockey House
Wednesday: 11AM Practice at RWJBarnabas Hockey House
*Community/Hospital Visits to Follow*
Thursday: 10:30AM Morning Skate at Prudential Center
7PM vs. NY Rangers at Prudential Center.