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10 Takeaways: Devils fall to Jets in WInnipeg

Will Butcher scores his first career NHL goal in the Devils' 5-2 loss to Winnipeg

by Amanda Stein @AmandaCStein /
WINNIPEG, MB - A lapse in defensive play in the second period cost the New Jersey Devils a chance to put a win on the board on Saturday afternoon.

The Jets scored three times in 1:35 of play as the Devils drop one in Winnipeg, 5-2. The Devils' record on their current road trip drops to 1-1-1. They'll close out the four-game trip with a stop in Minnesota on Monday night. 

Here are 10 Takeaways from Saturday's game: 

1. The Devils and Jets owned identical records before the game started. Both teams had 11-4-3 records heading into the matinee. 

2. Drew Stafford returned to Winnipeg after playing two and a half seasons with the Jets. Stafford was traded to the Bruins from the Jets at the 2017 trade deadline, before joining the Devils in the offseason. Stafford finished the afternoon a minus-1 with one shot in 17:40 on the ice.

3. The Devils snapped their goalless drought after 109:28 of playing time. That drought goes back to Miles Wood's goal against Chicago at 2:21 of the third period last Sunday, and after going scoreless against the Leafs on Thursday.  

4. Brian Gibbons was the one who snapped the streak. He continues to lead the Devils in goal scoring. His goal at 6:52 of the second period was his team-leading ninth of the season and tied the game 1-1. Blake Coleman picked up an assist, his second of the season, as did Will Butcher who grabbed his team-leading 14th assist of the year. 

The Devils didn't have an opportunity to celebrate the goal; it was originally thought Gibbons' shot dinged off the crossbar, but upon further review during the TV timeout, the goal was reviewed and awarded to New Jersey. 

Tweet from @NJDevils: We knew it all along. #NJDvsWPG

6. Butcher scored the first goal of his NHL career when he tapped in a puck that lay on the goal line behind Winnipeg's Connor Hellebuyck. Butcher's third period goal was his second point of the game, and his 15th point of the season. 

Tweet from @NJDevils: Bill the Butcher cleans up for his first career @NHL goal! #NJDvsWPG

7. Nico Hischier and Taylor Hall picked up the assists on Butcher's goal. Hischier earned his 12th assist of the season, Hall his 14th. 

Hall continues to put points on the board against the Winnipeg Jets in his career. Playing in his 12th career game against the Jets, he now has 18 points (6g-12a). 

8. The Devils had a tough run in the second period when the Jets scored three goals in a matter of 1:35. Patrik Laine, Jacob Trouba and Matt Hendricks all scored goals on Cory Schneider to give the Jets a 4-1 lead.

9. Saturday's five-goal second period by the Jets is the first time this season the Devils have given up five goals in one period. Schneider was pulled from the game for the first time this season for non-injury related reasons, and replaced by Keith Kinkaid to start the third period. Schneider finished the afternoon making 17 saves on 22 shots. Kinkaid stopped all 12 he faced.

10. Hischier lead all Devils with seven shots on goal. That's the highest shot total for the rookie in a single game in his young career. 

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