Video courtesy of New Jersey Devils
NEWARK, N.J. - Jack Hughes scored twice in his NHL preseason debut, including the winner 40 seconds into overtime to lift a New Jersey Devils split squad to a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Monday night in Newark, New Jersey.
Hughes, the first overall pick in June's NHL draft, and P.K. Subban, acquired in a trade with Nashville, each played his first game for the Devils.
Connor Carrick and Jesper Bratt also scored for New Jersey.
Cory Schneider started in goal for New Jersey and made 17 saves on 18 shots before being replaced by Gilles Senn, who was credited with the win after stopping 14 of 16 shots he faced.
Oskar Steen, Chris Wagner and Jack Studnicka scored for Boston. Studnicka's goal with 50 seconds left in regulation tied the score 3-3. Dan Vladar took the loss as he allowed all four New Jersey goals on 14 shots. Bruins starter Kyle Keyser stopped all 17 shots he faced.
In Montreal, Jake Evans scored late in the third period to lead the Canadiens to a 4-2 victory over the other Devils split squad.
Artturi Lehkonen and Nate Thompson scored for Montreal in the first period and Nick Cousins added an empty-netter in the third.
Carey Price and Cayden Primeau shared goaltending duties. Price gave up one goal on nine shots, and Primeau stopped 16 of 17 shots he faced.
Will Butcher and Michael McLeod scored for the Devils. Mackenzie Blackwood started in goal and had 11 saves on 13 shots through two periods. Evan Cormier made 11 saves in the third.
DEVILS 4, BRUINS 3, OT
Boston 0 1 2 0—3
New Jersey 0 1 2 1—4
First Period_None. Penalties_Zboril, BOS, (slashing), 4:40; Boqvist, NJ, (holding), 15:46; Ritchie, BOS, (too many men on the ice), 19:40.
Second Period_1, Boston, Steen (Lauko, Vaakanainen), 5:24. 2, New Jersey, Hughes (Vatanen, Smith), 12:06 (pp). Penalties_Smith, NJ, (holding), 2:29; Lindholm, BOS, (holding), 10:53; Bratt, NJ, (tripping), 16:05.
Third Period_3, New Jersey, Bratt (Zajac, Vatanen), 0:29. 4, Boston, Wagner (Blidh), 2:39. 5, New Jersey, Carrick (Smith, Bratt), 13:01. 6, Boston, Studnicka (Kampfer, Carey), 19:10. Penalties_Sharangovich, NJ, (cross checking), 3:18; Zboril, BOS, (interference), 12:44; Wood, NJ, (unsportsmanlike conduct), 12:44.
Overtime_7, New Jersey, Hughes (Gusev), 0:41. Penalties_None.
Shots on Goal_Boston 9-9-15_33. New Jersey 13-12-4-1_30.
Power-play opportunities_Boston 0 of 4; New Jersey 1 of 3.
Goalies_Boston, Keyser 0-0-0 (17 shots-17 saves), Vladar 0-0-0 (13-9). New Jersey, Senn 0-0-0 (15-13), Schneider 0-0-0 (18-17).
A_8,652 (16,514). T_2:38.
Referees_Frederick L'Ecuyer, Brandon Schrader. Linesmen_Kory Nagy, Tony Sericolo.
CANADIENS 4, DEVILS 2
New Jersey 1 0 1—2
Montreal 2 0 2—4
First Period_1, Montreal, Lehkonen (Weber, Drouin), 2:29. 2, Montreal, Thompson (Cousins, Fleury), 8:14. 3, New Jersey, Butcher (McLeod, Severson), 18:25 (pp). Penalties_Domi, MTL, (roughing), 10:07; Suzuki, MTL, (tripping), 16:26.
Second Period_None. Penalties_White, NJ, (slashing), 4:26; Drouin, MTL, (high sticking), 12:06.
Third Period_4, New Jersey, McLeod (Seney, Mermis), 1:55. 5, Montreal, Evans , 17:22 (sh). 6, Montreal, Cousins (Ouellet), 19:06. Penalties_Ouellet, MTL, (tripping), 5:48; Weal, MTL, (holding), 11:54; Rooney, NJ, (cross checking), 14:21; Domi, MTL, (roughing), 15:31.
Shots on Goal_New Jersey 7-7-12_26. Montreal 8-5-13_26.
Power-play opportunities_New Jersey 1 of 6; Montreal 0 of 2.
Goalies_New Jersey, Cormier 0-0-0 (12 shots-11 saves), Blackwood 0-0-0 (13-11). Montreal, Price 0-0-0 (9-8), Primeau 0-0-0 (17-16).
A_19,080 (21,288). T_2:31.
Referees_Mitch Dunning, Jean Hebert. Linesmen_Michel Cormier, Jesse Marquis.
From New Jersey Devils
NEWARK, NJ - 2019 first-overall pick Jack Hughes scored twice in his Prudential Center debut, including the winner, leading the Devils to a 4-3 overtime victory over the visiting Boston Bruins.
The first period ended scoreless as both teams failed to light the lamp. One of the best opportunities for the Devils in the first came with Miles Wood racing down on a breakaway, but his chance was denied by Kyle Keyser.
Devils goaltender Cory Schneider's first real challenge of the game came early in the second period when he denied Trent Frederic on a 2-on-1 rush that came off a New Jersey turnover at the other end.
Oskar Steen put the Bruins up 1-0 in the second period, scoring on a nice solo effort in which he stepped into the offensive zone and rifled a shot past Schneider.
Hughes provided a lift for his team later in the middle frame, potting his first goal of exhibition play. The equalizer came on the power play as the rookie finished off a nice feed from Sami Vatanen.
"A really nice pass by Sami to get through me then I just tried to get it off my stick as fast as possible, beat the goalie to the spot and luckily it went in," said Hughes.
Jesper Bratt gave the Devils their first lead of the night in the third when he got a piece of a Travis Zajac shot out in front. The goal made it a 2-1 game, but not for long.
Moments later, the Bruins tied the game at 2-2 when the Devils couldn't get the puck out of their own end and Chris Wagner potted one from on the doorstep.
Hughes almost set up Nikita Gusev out in front later in the frame with a beautiful backhand pass, right on the tape, showing off his elite vision and playmaking. The Bruins goaltender, however, made a great save to keep the Devils off the board.
Connor Carrick put the Devils back on top, 3-2, hammering home a one-timer.
Things got exciting when the Bruins tied things up at 19:10 of the third period with their goalie pulled for the extra attacker.
In overtime, Gusev set up Hughes in front for the game-winning goal as the Devils skated away with the victory.
"I think chemistry will come easy the more we play, that was just our first game, not too many expectations but it was nice to connect on that last goal."
From New Jersey Devils
MONTREAL, Quebec - The New Jersey Devils battled back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game but a shorthanded goal late proved to be the difference as the visitors dropped a 4-2 decision to the Montreal Canadiens.
For the winning goal, Jake Evans forced a turnover in the neutral zone and zipped in all alone before firing the puck glove side on Devils goaltender Evan Cormier.
The Habs added an empty-netter in the final minute with Nick Cousins firing the puck from a distance into the open cage.
"We asked them to compete and I thought that's what we did for three periods. It could have been easy for a let down there when we were 2-0, but the guys had good result and a good resolve and we came back in the game," said Devils assistant coach Alain Nasreddine, who acted as the bench boss for this one.
"Never quit and I think that's a positive we got to take out of this game."
Montreal opened the scoring 2:29 into the game. Artturi Lehkonen was positioned in front with the screen, setting up the deflection from Shea Weber's blast from the point.
With 11:46 to go in the opening frame, Montreal struck again to take a 2-0 lead. Nate Thompson banked in a rebound off the rush after Nick Cousins' initial shot from the side boards was kicked out by Mackenzie Blackwood.
Will Butcher felt like the team did have a slow start, acknowledged by the 2-0 early deficit but he thought the team recovered from it nicely.
"I think it took us a little bit to get into it and I think we played an overall solid game for the most part. We had some mix-Ups, but that's going to be what happens in your first pre-season game back," said Butcher.
Kyle Palmieri stole the puck down low and tried a quick backhand attempt from the top of the crease that was smothered by Carey Price.
Max Domi got called for roughing midway through the first to give the Devils the game's first power play.
Price snagged a point shot from Colton White with his glove with just over six minutes left in the first. Shots on goal were 6-4 Devils at this juncture.
New Jersey went back to the man advantage with 3:34 to go in the first. Nick Suzuki upended Damon Severson as the Devils were pressuring to get on the board.
With two seconds left in the power play, Michael McLeod spotted Will Butcher at the left face-off circle. Butcher took a split second before finding his target and wristing the puck over the glove of Price to narrow the gap to 2-1.
After one period, shots on goal were 8-7 for Montreal.
Colton White slashed Jonathan Drouin as the Habs sniper was skating in alone with the puck, resulting in the first power play of the night for the home side.
However, the best scoring chance on that man advantage came shorthanded to the Devils. Kevin Rooney took advantage of a turnover and broke in alone on Price. The Habs goaltender came up with the big stop.
Midway through the period, Carey Price was replaced in goal by Cayden Primeau.
On a two-on-one, Primeau slid across to deny Blake Coleman, who one-timed a feed from Hischier.
Less than a minute later, Jonathan Drouin took a penalty to send the Devils on the power play for a third time on the night.
Late in the second, Dakota Mermis ripped a shot from the point and Brandon Gignac pounced on the rebound for the goal but it was ruled that Nate Bastian had interfered with Primeau and the goal was waved off.
After two, shots on goal were 14-13 for the Devils.
Evan Cormier replaced Blackwood in goal to start the third period.
Less than two minutes into the final frame, Brett Seney dumped the puck in. It took a wild hop off the end boards out front to Michael McLeod, who put it into the open cage with Primeau caught behind the net.
"The goal, he deserved it because all the good stuff he did throughout the game. He had a solid game," said Nasreddine. "His camp has been really good so far. Thegoal was lucky, but I thought he got rewarded for all the good things he did in this game."
Devils continued to press Montreal deep in their end and it forced Montreal to take another penalty. Xavier Oullett was called for tripping with less than 15 minutes to play.
Palmieri got in behind the Montreal defense and backhanded it quickly but Primeau came up with a huge stop to keep the game tied.
Shots on goal six minutes into the third period were 11-1 for the Devils.
With eight minutes to play in the third, Jordan Weal took a penalty to give the Devils another man advantage but Montreal was able to kill it off.
Kevin Rooney knocked Weal into the boards from behind with 5:39 to go in the third, receiving a boarding penalty and giving Montreal a chance to win it late.
With 51 seconds to go in the penalty, the two teams engage in some pushing and shoving behind the Devils net. Domi received the only two minutes to come out of the skirmish, for roughing.
On that Devils power play, Jake Evans scored what would be the game-deciding goal shorthanded.