NEWARK, NJ — As the New Jersey Devils celebrated their franchise record-tying 13th consecutive victory Monday evening, a sold-out house crowd rose to its toes to commemorate the second.
“I feel the staff deserves a standing ovation. A run like that is unbelievable,” Devils coach Lindy Ruff mentioned following his staff’s 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers.
The Devils beforehand gained 13 straight video games from Feb. 16 to March 23, 2001, a staff that will go on to play for the Stanley Cup. Their present streak began Oct. 25 and has fueled New Jersey’s beautiful surge to the highest of the Metropolitan Division (16-3-0) after ending twenty eighth within the NHL final season.
“We’re up there [in] the historical past e book. Nobody’s gonna take that from us now,” mentioned captain Nico Hischier, who had three assists within the win. “It proves that we’re staff. That we will win hockey video games. That we do not have to cover anymore.”
The Devils can set a franchise record for consecutive wins after they meet the Toronto Maple Leafs at house Wednesday evening. The all-time NHL record for many consecutive victories is 17 straight, set by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins — a streak that ended with a tie in opposition to the Devils within the final sport of the common season.
Monday marked the second time New Jersey has defeated Edmonton throughout this present win streak; the Devils rallied to beat the Oilers 4-3 in Edmonton on Nov. 3.
New Jersey jumped out to a lead Monday evening on winger Jesper Bratt’s first-period power-play aim, his eighth of the season. Edmonton answered with its personal power-play tally from star Leon Draisaitl (eleventh). But the Devils constructed a lead they would not give up through the second interval on targets by heart Dawson Mercer — scored because of a miscue by Edmonton goalie Stuart Skinner — and defenseman Damon Severson, arrange by pinpoint passes from Bratt and heart Jack Hughes (two assists).
Edmonton pulled inside one aim because of a Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tally at 4:52 of the third interval, however the Devils answered again just below 2:15 later as Tomas Tatar gloved his personal rebound after which smacked the puck previous Skinner. Yegor Sharangovich closed out the scoring after an Oilers turnover at 14:45 of the third.
Goalie Vitek Vanecek, who has appeared in 10 of New Jersey’s 13 straight victories, made 27 saves to clinch the win. Vanecek was acquired from the Washington Capitals within the offseason.
“It’s nice to be right here. When you are successful it is extra enjoyable,” he mentioned. “If you’re dropping, it isn’t enjoyable, you recognize? So we’re successful proper now, and it is actually enjoyable.”
Ruff praised the trouble of Vanecek and his complete staff however cautioned that any celebration comes with a way of the lengthy street forward for the Devils.
“I really feel like we’ve not confirmed something but. I feel we have executed loads of good issues. We’ve performed good hockey. But we’re 19 video games in,” he mentioned. “We’ve had an incredible run, however we all know we are the hunted now. We can anticipate the perfect that each staff can carry as a result of we’re getting recognition. That half we will must deal with.”
For now, the Devils are having fun with a sizzling streak that’s matched by anybody within the historical past of the franchise.
“It’s positively one of the enjoyable stretches I’ve ever been part of,” Hischier mentioned. “I do not need it to finish. It’s positively simply enjoyable. Like we are saying, simply maintain using away the wave.”