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Hischier put the Devils back in front
02-14-2019, 10:33 AM
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Hischier put the Devils back in front
The Tampa Bay Lightning Brady Skjei Jersey , missing Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Victor Hedman, will try and hang onto first place in the Atlantic Division when they face the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday.The Lightning (8-3-1) are 1-2-0 since Hedman sustained an upper body injury when he was hit by Ryan Reaves of the Vegas Golden Nights a week ago. Hedman is not expected to return until next week.In his absence, the Lightning lost to the Arizona Coyotes 7-1, defeated the New Jersey Devils 8-3 and lost to the Nashville Predators 4-1, the last two games at home.Article continues below ...Lightning defenseman Slater Koekkoek, a healthy scratch until Hedman was injured, has chipped in 15 minutes of ice time in the past three games to help the Lightning cope in Hedman’s absence. He scored the Lightning goal against the Predators.“It felt good,” Koekkoek told the Tampa Bay Times. “I have a lot of people doubting me. A lot of people who don’t matter. It felt good for the people who do believe in me. My family, and the people who do matter.”“For us as a group, we kind of had to re-group and think about what we wanted to accomplish out there,” veteran defenseman Braydon Coburn told The Times. “Heddy brings so many different things to the table. Nobody is going to replace him. For us, playing our own game and working together as good partner duos is what we tried to accomplish together. We work for each other, and I thought we did that.”The Lightning will be looking to capitalize on the chances they generate against the Canadiens. They outshot the Predators 43-24, but only managed the one goal by Koekkoek.The Canadiens (7-3-2) are in third place in the Atlantic Division and are coming off a newsworthy 6-4 home win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday.Canadiens rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi, the No. 3 pick in last summer’s draft http://www.officialblackhawksproshop.com...mov-jersey , scored the first two goals of his NHL career against the Capitals. His second goal tied the game 4-4 at 16:56 of the third period and then Canadiens forwards Max Domi and Joel Armia scored two seconds apart, an NHL record for two fastest goals by one team, to give the Canadiens the win. Armia’s goal was into an empty net.“That was pretty crazy,” Kotkaniemi told NHL.com of the reception he got from the Canadiens fans. “I’ve never heard a crowd like that before.” “For me, it was the first time I’ve heard the fans so loud,” Canadiens forward Nicolas Deslauriers told montrealcanadiens.com. “I’ve always said it’s fun to play here and that the fans are loud, but (Thursday) was something special. It gave us even more energy. That’s why we often say we have the best fans. Things can change in any game and we saw it (Thursday).At the age of 18 years, 118 days, Kotkaniemi is the second-youngest player to score for the Canadiens (Mario Tremblay was 18 years, 75 days old when he scored his first goal for Montreal on Nov. 16, 1974, against the New York Rangers).“I think he has a good attitude,” Canadiens coach Claude Julien told the team’s website regarding Kotkaniemi. “In some cases there are players that put too much pressure on themselves. It’s not the case with him. He’s a player with incredible skill and in the future will develop even more.“He already has a certain obligation that comes with playing in the NHL and that’s to show up every day. He’s doing that. All we ask of him is to do it, so he just has to keep it up.” NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Jusse Saros gave the Nashville Predators a second chance to win with a save on a short-handed Brandon Saad Jersey , third-period breakaway.Filip Forsberg and Kyle Turris took care of the rest.Turris made a length of the ice rush and snapped a shot past Keith Kinkaid 3:35 into overtime and the Predators rallied to beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 on Thursday night.Forsberg forced the overtime with a power-play goal with 6: 20 left in regulation. It came less than a minute after Saros stopped a breakaway by Blake Coleman with the Devils ahead 3-2.“It’s just Juice,” Turris said about the Finnish goaltender who has started the last three games with Vezina Trophy winner Pekka Rinne out with an undisclosed injury. “He comes up big for us every night. He makes saves like that to keep us in games, or keep us in a lead. He’s such a good goalie.”The save and Forsberg’s goal set things up for Turris. He made his rush, used Devils defenseman Andy Greene as a screen and beat Kinkaid.“There’s a lot of space in overtime, it allows you to be creative and use speed and it’s exciting hockey,” Turris said. “It’s always fun to play 3 on 3. I love the open ice.”Viktor Arvidsson and Yannick Weber also scored as the Predators sent the Devils to their third straight loss.“That’s was a big two points and a big comeback and it shows character to come back like that,” said Saros, who finished with 33 saves. “It was a fast game and both teams had some chances, it was a tight one.”Nico Hischier scored twice, Damon Severson added a goal, Kyle Palmieri had a career-high three assists, and Taylor Hall added two assists — as the Devils’ top line of Hischier, Palmieri and Hall had seven points. Kinkaid made 32 saves.Coleman was disappointed after the game.“I just faked and dropped and tried to go upstairs on the far side,” he said. “He made a good save and in a one-goal game I have to find a way to put that home. It came back to cost us.”Forsberg made the Devils’ pay, scoring from the left circle Brent Seabrook Jersey Kids , his seventh goal of the season. It was only the fourth power-play goal for Nashville in 35 attempts.Saros preserved the tie in the final minutes of the third period, stopping a point-blank power-play chance by Marcus Johansson and a blast by Palmieri.The Devils took a one-goal lead three times with the Hischier, Hall and Palmieri line doing most of the work.Severson gave New Jersey a 1-0 lead 2:58 after the opening faceoff, scoring on a shot from the point after being set up by Hall and Hischier.While the Predators had several great chances in the period, Weber tied the game with his first goal of the season on a soft wrist shot by Kinkaid simply missed.Hischier put the Devils back in front with less seconds left in the period with a power-play goal. Hall made the play, hitting the center stick with a pass that the Swiss center deflected past Saros.Arvidsson, who now has four goals in his last three games, tied the score with 6:54 left in the second period with a shot from the top of the circles which hit off Kinkaid’s glove.New Jersey went back ahead 40 seconds later when Hischier deflected Palmieri’s pass over Saros for his third goal of the season.Notes: The Devils’ Brian Boyle played in his 700th NHL game. … W Ds Ben Lovejoy and Steve Santini on injured reserve, D Eric Gryba played in his first game this season. … Preds D Mattias Ekholm played in his 400th game, while F Colton Sissons appeared in his 200th. … The Predators failed to score on three power plays and are now 3 of 34 for the season. … F Rocco Grimaldi, a California native who was a former second-round draft by Florida, made his debut with Nashville. It was his 38th NHL game.UP NEXT:Predators: Host Edmonton on Saturday.Devils: Host Florida on Saturday.
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