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10 Takeaways: Devils fall in 11 round shootout to Boston

Bratt and Gibbons eat lit the lamp in the Devils' 3-2 SO defeat.

by Amanda Stein @NJDevils /
The Devils returned to The Rock on Wednesday night, hosting the Boston Bruins. It was a penalty-filled affair for New Jersey, who tied the game late to earn a single point, before falling 3-2 in an 11-round shootout.

Here are 10 takeaways from the game: 

1. Kyle Palmieri missed his eighth game of the season on Wednesday night. Palmieri has been placed on Injured Reserve after suffering a broken right foot against the Minnesota Wild on Monday night. Of the loss, teammate Adam Henrique noted: 

"Obviously it's tough news, you know it sucks, you feel for him obviously. He just got back. It's unfortunate, we're going to miss him. He's a big presence for our team, not only on the ice but in the locker room as well. It's tough but we've got to keep moving forward. Next guy in."

2. With Palmieri out of the lineup, coach John Hynes went to Jimmy Hayes as his next forward. Hayes had been out of the lineup for four games as a healthy scratch. The Dorchester, Mass., native spent two seasons with the Bruins (2015-17) and had 34 points in 133 games played. 

3. The Devils put themselves behind the eight ball early in the game. Just 1:25 into the first period, the Bruins got one by Cory Schneider to take a 1-0 lead. Boston would later make it 2-0 at 8:54 of the first, creating an even more difficult hole for the Devils to climb out of. 

4. Jesper Bratt got the Devils within one before the end of the first period. He scored at 17:10 on the power play. 

Brian Boyle and Henrique both assisted on the goal, which was Bratt's sixth of the season and his 14th point. He is currently the fourth leading scorer through 21 games, trailing Taylor Hall, Nico Hischier and Will Butcher. 

Tweet from @NJDevils: The Bratt Pack delivers. #BOSvsNJD

5. The Devils' penalty killers had their work cut out for them against Boston. New Jersey had a string of penalties in the second period, playing undisciplined hockey. Fortunately, they put together a strong performance. The Devils killed off all four of Boston's man-advantages. 

6. The power play wasn't 100% like the penalty kill but still had an effective night going 1 for 3 on the man advantage. 

7. Brian Gibbons continues to put the puck in the net for New Jersey. He scored his team leading 10th goal of the season to give the Devils the 2-2 equalizer at 15:16 of the third period. The Devils were coming off back-to-back scoreless power plays, when Gibbons tipped in a Damon Severson point shot.  

8. Taylor Hall had six of the Devils 41 shots on net to lead the team.  

9. The shootout settled the score and went to 11 rounds. When all was said and done, Hall was the only Devil to score which wasn't enough to seal the win. 

10. The Devils will be back on home ice Friday night when they host the Vancouver Canucks. Friday marks New Jersey's Hockey Fights Cancer Night. There will be a special ceremonial faceoff before the game.

Boyle, who is fighting chronic myeloid leukemia, will take the ceremonial faceoff, as his wife and children help drop the puck. Tickets are available.

Tweet from @amandacstein: As part of #HockeyFightsCancer ceremony #NJDevils Brian Boyle will take the ceremonial faceoff on Friday and his family will take part in the puck drop.

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