The New Jersey Devils took on the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night. This game was on the road as the Devils were looking to win their third game in a row. This team hasn’t had the exact start that they wanted to have but things are starting to come together now.
Injuries have played a part in it but now they are starting to get their mojo back. Getting a big win over the Flyers would be big for them both in terms of confidence and in the standings.
Alexander Holtz has been incredibly hot lately and he stayed that way by giving the Devils a 1-0 lead. It was a great play by Michael McLeod (who has also been on fire lately) to set up Holtz for the lead. Holtz has now scored New Jersey’s first goal in three out of the last four games.
Jack Hughes extended New Jersey’s lead when he scored his 8th of the season. Then everything went crazy when Garnet Hathaway slammed Luke Hughes into the board after a bad icing whistle.
The New Jersey Devils continued playing their game all night long and it worked
Hathaway was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for this play and it can be argued whether or not that was a good decision by the referees. Hughes left the game but he did eventually return.
In the second period, Morgan Frost scored a power-play goal for the Flyers to cut the lead in half. However, Tyler Toffoli added a power play goal of his own to get that two-goal lead back. Hischier was hurt on that play but he, like Luke Hughes, came back and finished the game.
With five minutes left in the period, Sean Walker made things interesting by getting the Flyers back to within one. The Devils started to get a little sloppy as the game wound down and Philly ended up tying it.
Tyson Foerster scored a power-play goal with the goalie pulled to get the game even with 51 seconds left. The Flyers deserve credit for playing so well at the end and earning a point. Luckily, the Devils avoided a disaster once overtime started.
Luke Hughes, Jack Hughes, and Nico Hischier started overtime and they never needed to come off. At 0:28 of the overtime period, Luke Hughes scored a goal that was set up by brother Jack. Nico Hischier made a smart play to set up the Hughes brothers on a two-on-one.
Seeing Luke Hughes score and it be assisted by the two number-one picks is amazing. This team is loaded with talent and the future is bright largely because of these three.
Luke is very much in the Calder Trophy race while Jack is in the Hart Trophy race. He had three points to get up to 29 points. He leads the league in points per game with those 29 points as he did miss some games which is why he is a few behind the league point leaders.
New Jersey will look for their fourth straight win back at home when the worst team in the league in the San Jose Sharks visits on Friday. Hopefully, we see the Hughes brothers lead them to another big win on home ice in this one.