New Jersey Devils 3 at Pittsburgh Penguins 2
- Attendance: 18,581
- Three Stars: 1. Taylor Hall (NJD) 2. Damon Severson (NJD) 3. Sidney Crosby (PIT)**See @NJDevils on twitter and newjerseydevils.com for post-game pressers and sound**
The Devils won, 3-2, in their second of four meetings against their Metropolitan Division-rival, Pittsburgh Penguins (2-0-0). New Jersey snapped the Penguins NHL-leading, 11 game win-streak at PPG Paints Arena.
It was also the first of NJD’s three-game, road-trip that stops next in Florida this Thursday (7:30PM, MSG+, TOJN/WFAN) before playing against the Hurricanes in Raleigh the following evening (7:30PM, MSG+, TOJN/WFAN).
The Devils finished their February with a 8-6-0=16PTS record.
New Jersey is now 12-8-1 against Metro Division opponents. They face-off against the Penguins twice more during the regular-season.
Feb. 3: PIT 1 @ NJD 3 W
Feb. 27: NJD 3 @ PIT 2
Mar. 23: NJD @ PIT
Mar. 29: PIT @ NJD
Sidney Crosby gave the Penguins the 1-0 lead at 8:17 of the first period. New Jersey requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether Crosby interfered with New Jersey goaltender Keith Kinkaid prior to his goal.
According to the NHL Situation Room in Toronto…”After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee confirmed no goaltender interference infractions occurred before the puck crossed the goal line. Therefore the original call stands – good goal Pittsburgh Penguins.”
The Devils lost their timeout as a result of the goal not being overturned.
New Jersey responded just minutes later when Kyle Palmieri scored his third goal over the last two games, Feb. 24-27.
Taylor Hall notched an assist on the Montvale, NY native’s goal and has points in his last 22 appearances, Jan. 2-Feb. 27 (15G-17A-32PTS). Hall then scored his 27th goal, tying his career-high (2011-12, 2013-14), to put New Jersey ahead, 2-1.
Hall extended his career-high, point-streak to 15 consecutive games, 10G-10A-20PTS from Jan. 30-Feb. 27. He has recorded at least one point in 22 straight appearances dating back to Jan. 2 at STL (15G-17A-32PTS). He missed three games during that span due to a right hand/thumb injury, Jan. 22-25.
*Overall, Hall’s personal stretch of 22 consecutive games with at least 1PT is the longest such run in NJD franchise history. The record was previously owned by Patrik Elias (15G-9A-24PTS in 15GP from Dec. 27, 1999-Jan. 28, 2000) and Brian Gionta (12G-13A-25PTS from Mar. 12-Apr. 18, 2006).
Damon Severson had the primary assists on both Palmieri’s and Hall’s goals. He has 9G-10A-19PTS on the season.
Stefan Noesen skated in his 100th career game, and scored the game-winner at 5:01 of the third period.
Andy Greene and Travis Zajac assisted on Noesen’s game-winning goal.
Keith Kinkaid stopped played in his his 26th game-played of 2017-18, which matches his career-high set in 2016-17.
NOESEN -100TH GP NHL, Feb. 27 at PIT
KINKAID – 1GP for 100 NHL/NJD
MOORE – 2PTS for 100 NHL
HEAD COACH JOHN HYNES – Needs one win for 100 NHL/NJD
LOVEJOY – 8PTS for 100 NHL
STAFFORD – 9G for 200 NHL
JOHANSSON (IR)– 3A for 200 NHL
HALLIN’ IN THE POINTS
Taylor Hall is ranked third in franchise history with .92 points-per-game among Devils’ that have at least 100 games played with the club. This season he has 1.16 points-per-game.
1. Kirk Muller – .94 (556 GP)
2. Alex Mogilny – .94 (121 GP)
3. Taylor Hall – .92 (130 GP)
4. Ilya Kovalchuk – .91 (222 GP)
5. Patrik Elias – .83 (1240GP)
9 HALL – 13 HISCHIER – 21 PALMIERI
40 GRABNER – 19 ZAJAC – 23 NOESEN
44 WOOD – 37 ZACHA – 63 BRATT
20 COLEMAN – 11 BOYLE – 18 STAFFORD
6 GREENE – 45 VATANEN
2 MOORE – 28 SEVERSON
8 BUTCHER – 12 LOVEJOY
1 – KINKAID
31 – LACK
TOMORROW, FEB. 28: OFF
THURSDAY, MAR. 1:
11:30AM at BB&T Center
7:30PM at Florida Panthers (MSG+, The One Jersey Network/WFAN)
FRIDAY, MAR. 2:
No Morning Skate
7:30 at Carolina Hurricanes (MSG+, The One Jersey Network/WFAN)
SATURDAY, MAR. 3: OFF
SUNDAY, MAR. 4:
TBA Morning Skate at Prudential Center
5:00PM vs. Vegas Golden Knights (MSG+, The One Jersey Network/WFAN)