Sharangovich, Devils defeat Maple Leafs in OT for 11th straight win

TORONTOYegor Sharangovich scored 57 seconds into extra time to present the New Jersey Devils their 11th straight win, 3-2 in opposition to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena on Thursday.

Sharangovich put in a rebound in the slot from Jack Hughes‘ shot for the win.

“I feel it is actually good for the staff as a result of we maintain it going,” Sharangovich stated. “… Jack performed properly in extra time, I assumed he may get this purpose however I simply put it again into the empty internet. At first, I assumed it was no purpose as a result of the referee’s hand was up.”

“We simply do [our job] all three durations … enjoying good hockey, fast hockey and we did not give Toronto area and time and we had possibilities after turnovers, however we discovered our third purpose in extra time.”

It is the Devils’ longest successful streak since they gained 11 in a row in 2005-06 and two wins shy of their report of 13 units in 2000-01.

Jesper Bratt and Nico Hischier scored for the Devils (14-3-0). Vitek Vanecek made 25 saves to win his eighth consecutive choice.

“We are an excellent staff, a extremely good staff,” Hischier stated. “We consider in one another right here and we’re enjoying some actually good hockey and it isn’t going to be straightforward enjoying in opposition to us.

“Definitely plenty of eyes on us right here (in Toronto) however we simply attempt to deal with our sport. For us, it does not actually matter who we’re enjoying. We attempt to come out with a constant sport plan, we all the time have , and simply attempt to play our Devils hockey sport and we have been doing that these days and that is why we’ve got this report.”

Mitchell Marner prolonged his level streak to 11 video games and Austin Matthews had a purpose and an help for the Maple Leafs (9-5-4), who had been 5-1-1 in their earlier seven video games. Matt Murray made 30 saves in his second begin after lacking 14 video games with an adductor muscle harm.

“At occasions it was a reasonably shut sport, type of forwards and backwards,” Matthews stated. “We had some good possession time with the puck in the second, in the primary not a lot. I do not know, it was actually a bizarre sport to be trustworthy. I assumed particularly in the third interval once we had been making an attempt to push again and down a purpose, we simply could not get a lot going. Obviously an enormous purpose although to ship it into extra time.”

Hischier put the Devils up 2-1 at 3:02 of the second interval when he shot previous Murray’s glove from the left hashmarks.

Murray made a left toe save on Hughes at 1:32 of the third interval to maintain the Maple Leafs inside a purpose.

William Nylander tied it at 17:51 of the third interval when his shot from simply above the best face-off dot deflected off Jonas Siegenthaler.

“The subsequent couple of shifts we had been proper again at it,” Devils coach Lindy Ruff stated of his staff’s response after permitting the tying purpose. “If there was a destructive in the sport, it will have been a few of our executions on our high-quality possibilities, our 2-on-1’s, 3-on-1’s. I actually thought we had an incredible alternative to place the sport away [in regulation]. Murray made an unbelievable save on Jack to maintain the sport 2-1.”

The Maple Leafs went up 1-0 at 15:15 of the primary interval when Matthews put in a move from Michael Bunting in the slot on the facility play. Marner additionally had an help to increase his level streak.

Bratt tied it 1-1 at 15:39 when he took a cross-ice move from Erik Haulawho stole the puck from Mark Giordano alongside the sideboards, and shot over Murray’s proper shoulder from the slot.

“I assumed the distinction is that we beat ourselves at occasions and gave them three objectives they usually did not beat themselves in any respect,” Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe stated. “That’s the way you win 11 in a row, you do not beat your self.

“I’m involved about it. We’ve proven right here these days that we will win video games and beat actually good groups. This is the most effective staff in the NHL proper now and regardless of the very fact for me we did not play an incredible hockey sport, we received some extent and we’re proper there. But we have got to cease beating ourselves.”

Hischier stated the successful streak is fueling the Devils to maintain bettering.

“Just how enjoyable it’s to come back to the rink and work on particulars and work as a bunch to get higher,” the Devils captain stated. “Even although you are successful, it simply makes the job method simpler to pay attention and even need to be higher so that you win extra as a result of it’s such an excellent feeling.”

Notes: Vanecek turned the third completely different goalie in Devils historical past to win eight consecutive choices, becoming a member of Martin Brodeur, who did it six occasions, and Chris Terreri. … Marner has 4 objectives and 12 assists throughout his 11-game level streak. … Matthews’ purpose was his 141st at Scotiabank Arena to move Mats Sundin for essentially the most objectives scored in the historical past of the world.

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