ST PAUL, Minn. -- The New Jersey Devils snapped their two-game winless streak with a 4-3 overtime victory in Minnesota on Monday night.
With an empty net with 1:36 remaining in the game, the Wild tied the game at 3-3 to send it to overtime, where defenseman John Moore scored the winner just 52 seconds into the extra period. Moore's goal was his sixth OT winner as a Devil.
Here are 10 takeaways from the game:
1. Pavel Zacha got back into the lineup after being a healthy scratch for two games. Zacha played on Travis Zajac's left wing while Jesper Bratt played right wing. Zacha finished the night playing 9:40 and was a plus-1.
Of his return to the lineup, coach John Hynes said prior to the game: "We would like to see him come in and have a strong response in some of the things we're looking for him to do, which is his skating has to be a factor in tonight's game. Competitiveness on the puck, and be a threat with his size and skating."
2. It took a while for the Devils to register their first shot on net against the Wild. The team was held shotless until 9:01 of the first period. Ben Lovejoy finally got a shot off, a 151-foot clear from the Devils' zone on the penalty kill with Andy Greene in the box for hooking. The Devils ended the first period with just three shots on Minnesota's Devan Dubnyk.
3. On just the third shot of the game for the Devils, Adam Henrique gave New Jersey a 1-0 lead over Minnesota. Brian Gibbons' shot made its way into Dubnyk's crease as Henrique tipped the loose puck. Henrique's marker passed Dubnyk with just 1:28 remaining in the first period, and was Henrique's first goal in 11 games. Greene, along with Gibbons, earned the assist on the play. See the goal below:
4. Playing in his first game with Blake Coleman and Gibbons, Henrique put up multiple points on the board. He would later assist on the Devils' third goal of the night and Moore's OT winner. It is the second time this season he has a multi-point night. Henrique has also had a lot of success playing against the Wild, scoring five goals and five assists in nine games played against Minnesota in his career.
5. The Devils couldn't stop Minnesota's Nino Niederreiter from putting points on the board. He evened the game at 1-1 at 1:32 of the second period. His shot caught Schnedier in the chest and as Schneider fell to the ice, so did the puck, which crossed over the line. Niederreiter has points in six straight games (4g-2a-6).
6. After taking back-to-back early second period penalties, Steven Santini scored his first goal of the season. It was another fluky goal for New Jersey. Santini shot the puck from the right boards and it deflected off Minnesota's Gustav Olofsson's chest and behind Dubnyk. The Devils took a 2-1 lead at 7:24 of the second period on the unassisted goal. See the goal below:
7. Will Butcher scored his second goal in as many games at 7:19 of the third period to give New Jersey a 3-1 lead. Henrique fed Butcher the cross-ice pass, as Butcher potted his second career goal. Lovejoy also picked up an assist on the goal. Butcher now has 16 points this NHL season, second only to Taylor Hall (21) for the lead.
8. The Devils pulled out the victory over the Wild despite being outshot. New Jersey had 24 regulation shots, while the Wild countered with 36 in regulation. The Devils managed just three shots in the first 20 minutes of play, but scored on their first shot in overtime.
9. New Jersey closed out a four-game road trip Monday night with a record 2-1-1.
10. Next for the Devils, they'll host the Bruins on Wednesday night before playing host the Canucks on Friday. Tickets for both games are available