OTTAWA, Ontario — — Akira Schmid made 25 saves because the New Jersey Devils beat the Ottawa Senators 5-1 on Saturday for his or her twelfth straight win.
Egor Sharangovic and Michael McLeod every had a purpose and an help, whereas Erik Haula, Nathan Bastian and Jesper Boqvist scored for New Jersey. The Devils are one recreation away from tying the longest hitting streak in franchise historical past from February twenty sixth to March twenty third, 2001.
The Devils jumped out to a 3-0 lead early within the second half earlier than pulling again once more late within the center after the Senators acquired on the scoreboard.
“We had been simply resilient,” Haula mentioned. “I assumed there have been a number of holes in our recreation the place we had been somewhat bit comfy after which they took it somewhat bit and acquired some probabilities, however total good for Schmid, his nice recreation, 12 in a row, we should always be ok with it.”
Derick Brassard scored for the Senators. Anton Forsberg began the sport however was pulled early within the second interval after permitting a 3rd purpose on 18 pictures. Cam Talbot completed with one purpose on 17 pictures.
Ottawa continues its struggles with simply two wins in its final 11 video games (2-8-1). On the finish of the efficiency, “Hearth DJ!” A faint voice was heard. Followers have been calling for the sacking of supervisor DJ Smith for the previous two weeks.
“We will not blame anybody however the gamers,” Senators captain Brady Tkachuk mentioned. “We have to discover out not one individual, however the group right here.”
Haula opened the scoring along with his first purpose of the season within the first interval. Within the first quarter, Bastian jumped in with a rebound to make it 2-0.
The Devils did not let up, and Boqvist grabbed the ball in entrance within the second quarter to make it 3-0 to finish Forsberg’s afternoon.
“I assumed tonight was a staff recreation,” New Jersey coach Lindy Ruff mentioned. “We had manufacturing, we acquired a brief purpose from (Egor) Sharangovic, however all 4 traces had been into it. I assumed our protection performed effectively and our goalie made an amazing save in a key second.”
Brassard put the Senators on the board late within the interval, however the Devils got here proper again and Sharangovich scored his personal shorthanded purpose with 34 seconds left.
Ottawa had a goaltender with 4:51 left within the third, however the Devils made them pay with McLeod’s empty-net purpose with 2 1/2 minutes left.
Devils ahead Dawson Mercer is one recreation away from his one centesimal NHL recreation. He would grow to be simply the fifth participant in franchise historical past to hit 100 consecutive video games.
The Senators have not misplaced to the Devils at residence since Dec. 30, 2015, and are 5-0-3 within the eight video games since. … Ottawa D Artem Zub returned to the lineup after lacking the final eight video games with an upper-body harm. … The Devils are an ideal 8-0-0 in opposition to Canadian opponents this season. Saturday’s recreation was the second of three in opposition to the Senators. … Devils captain Nico Hischier has six targets and 6 assists in his final 10 video games.
Senators: Monday evening at San Jose Sharks.
Devils: Host the Edmonton Oilers on Monday.
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