Devils defeat Penguins in OT, extend point streak to 7

NEWARK, NJ. — Dougie Hamilton scored a power-play aim at 2:07 of time beyond regulation to give the New Jersey Devils a 2-1 win in opposition to the Pittsburgh Penguins on the Prudential Center on Sunday.

Hamilton gained it with a one-timer from the highest of the left face-off circle off a move from Jack Hughes.

“We had a pair performs set, and I simply discovered some house over there and was simply hoping to get it and simply took a swing at it,” Hamilton stated. “It’s fairly exhausting to rating on a goalie from that far out, so I simply tried to shoot as exhausting as I may, and completely happy it went in.”

Pittsburgh appeared to have scored 39 seconds earlier, however the aim was scored by a defenseman Marcus Pettersson was disallowed as a result of they have been penalized for too many males on the ice.

“I used to be enjoying that rush so I sort of knew immediately that it wasn’t a authorized play,” Hamilton stated. “I used to be enjoying a 1-on-1, after which abruptly there is a man there, but it surely was an enormous name and good for us to sort of flip it round and capitalize on the possibility.”

Video: PIT@NJD: Hamilton hammers a PPG in OT

Hamilton and Hughes every had a aim and an help for the Devils (30-12-4), who’re 6-0-1 in their previous seven video games.

“We have been coming off a superb street journey (4-0-1), and this was the primary of 4 video games in six days,” New Jersey coach Lindy Ruff stated. “I assumed we performed the sport the precise means. We did not hand over a variety of alternatives, gave ourselves an opportunity to win.”

Vitek Vanecek made 25 saves to extend his successful streak to seven video games, which is tied for the longest in the NHL this season. He can be the primary Devils goalie to win seven straight begins since 2010-11 (Martin Brodeur, Johan Hedberg).

“It’s seven wins, however I’m making an attempt not to take into consideration that coming into the sport,” Vanecek stated. “I’m simply enjoying that sport and simply specializing in the sport.”

Sidney Crosby scored, and (*7*)Tristan Jarry made 23 saves for the Penguins (23-15-8), who’re 2-0-2 in their final 4 video games.

“We performed effectively sufficient to win, and the too many males penalty was the precise name,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan stated. “I assumed we did a extremely good job defending. It boils down to particulars.”

Video: PIT@NJD: Vanecek robs Poehling with save in third

Hughes scored 56 seconds into the primary interval to give the Devils a 1-0 lead. He skated finish to finish and used defenseman Brian Dumoulin as a display screen earlier than scoring quick facet from the precise face-off circle. The aim was Hughes’ thirtieth of the season and prolonged his point streak to 5 video games (4 targets, 5 assists).

Crosby tied it 1-1 at 6:25 of the primary when he obtained a return move from Jeff Petry on the middle point and scored by way of a display screen.

“We had some appears they usually did not go in,” Crosby stated. “They bought an influence play and that was the distinction. We have to discover that kind of sport persistently, and that may give us an opportunity to win.

“They have pace and cell defensemen. They’re a superb staff.”

Vanecek’s finest save got here at 2:14 of the third interval, when he had to deny his proper Ryan Poehling on a shot from the slot that deflected off his blocker and the crossbar.

“I noticed the shot behind the web, and I noticed the puck was behind me, and I wasn’t certain what to do,” Vanecek stated. “I simply laid down and do not know what occurred after that. I felt prefer it hit my blocker after which publish. I used to be simply battling for the rebound.”

Notes: Crosby has scored 539 targets, shifting forward of Keith Tkachuk for thirty third in NHL historical past. Crosby additionally tied Stan Mikita for twenty fourth in NHL historical past with 379 even-strength targets. … Hughes turned the third-fastest participant (46 video games) in Devils/Kansas City Scouts/Colorado Rockies historical past to rating 30 targets in a season (Paul Gardner, 44 video games with the Rockies in 1977-78; Claude Lemieux, 45 video games with the Devils in 1991-92). The final New Jersey participant to rating 30 targets in 60 or fewer video games was Zach Parise in 2008-09 (52 video games).

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