MONTREAL, QC - The New Jersey Devils played their third game of the preseason on Thursday night. On the road at Bell Centre facing the Canadiens, the Devils won their second preseason game 4-1.
Video: 9/21 Postgame: Devils defeat Habs 4-1
Here are 10 takeaways from the matchup:
1. Quick to open on the road, the Devils were up 1-0 before the game was even a minute old. Mirco Mueller took a shot from the point that cleanly beat Montreal's Carey Price. Blake Coleman had the assist on the goal, which was Mueller's second of the preseason.
2. Keith Kinkaid had a rough start to the game. Kinkaid took a Jeff Petry puck right off the mask on the Canadiens' second shot of the night. The puck hit him so hard it knocked his helmet off.
3. Nico Hischier played his first game on the road as a Devil. Hischier drew the first penalty of the game, with his fancy footwork and ample skill, he drew Montreal's Eric Gelinas into a hooking penalty. Hischier played a total of 18:53 in his road debut.
4. Speaking of his road debut, Hischier now has a goal in both his home and road preseason debuts. He gave the Devils a 2-1 lead in the second period when Taylor Hall threw the puck at the net, and Hischier was planted right in front of Price and used his quick hands for the tip in.
5. Kinkaid is the first goaltender this preseason to get in 60 straight minutes. He made some outstanding glove saves throughout the match to keep his team up 2-1 and 3-1. He finished the night stopping 28 of 29 shots.
6. Brandon Gignac, who is from the Province of Quebec, played his first game of the preseason in front of 20 family members and friends. His parents, girlfriend and other family were in attendance. Gignac finished the night with a total of 10:15.
7. The Devils were the dominant team in the first period, both outshooting and outscoring the Canadiens. Controlling most of the play in the offensive zone, New Jersey used speed and strength to dominate Montreal. New Jersey blocked four shots, won 58 percent of the period's faceoffs, laid out nine hits, had one takeaway and lead in the shots department 10 to Montreal's seven. New Jersey had a 1-0 lead after one.
8. There was standing room only in the penalty box for the Devils in the second period. The Devils had to kill off a 5-on-3 Canadiens power play at the end of the second period when Johansson (slashing), Kevin Rooney (goalie interference) and Joseph Blandisi (bench penalty) were in the box. The hardworking penalty killers and Kinkaid kept the Canadiens from equalizing the game.
9. Jesper Bratt is now the proud owner of his first preseason goal. He gave the Devils a 3-1 lead midway through the third period. His goal was assisted by Stefan Noesen and Blandisi.
10. The Devils currently have a 2-0-1 preseason record and will play the New York Rangers in their next matchup on Saturday night at Prudential Center.