The Devils defeated the Coyotes, 5-3, tonight at Prudential Center. Goals by Taylor Hall (2), Travis Zajac (2) and Adam Henrique helped the Devils remain undefeated on home ice. Here's what we learned:
1) The Devils nearly learned the hard way that you can't take your foot off the gas. After a strong second period, where they took a 3-1 lead, they let the Coyotes claw their way back into this game when Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored twice from the blue line to tie the game at three. Fortunately for the Devils, they were able to regroup, push back and take advantage of their opportunities to earn the win.
2) The Devils found a way to win tonight - a big difference from last week's game in Boston where Andy Greene didn't hesitate to say they found a way to lose. While they still struggle to play a complete 60 minutes, everyone was happy with their prompt response when Arizona tied the game.
3) The Devils have a flair for the dramatic. On Saturday night, Henrique said they needed to do whatever they could to keep the fans coming back to support them at Prudential Center. Apparently, that includes nail-biter third periods that keep you guessing. Six games into the season and we've had six one goal games not counting tonight's empty-net goal.
With the win, the Devils start the season 3-0 at home for the first time since 2002-03 - also known as the last time they won the Stanley Cup. They will practice tomorrow and Thursday before hosting Chicago for Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Friday and Tampa on Saturday, where you can get a head start on Halloween by celebrating at The Rock.