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10 Takeaways: Devils defeat Sens 5-4 in a SO

by Amanda Stein @AmandaCStein /

The New Jersey Devils were back on Prudential Center ice Friday night, hosting the Ottawa Senators after six days off from game play.

The game marked the 10-year anniversary of first game ever played at Prudential Center. On that night in 2007, the Senators were the visitors to open the new building. Ottawa beat New Jersey, 4-1.

This time around, in the first half of a back-to-back series, the Devils beat the Senators, 5-4, in a shootout. Jesper Bratt had the winner.

Tweet from @NJDevils: It feels so good to back! #OTTvsNJD

Here are 10 takeaways from the game: 

1. Keith Kinkaid made his third start of the season. Scott Wedgewood was the backup, as Cory Schneider was with his wife Jill who gave birth to their second child Friday afternoon. Remy Elizabeth Schneider was born at 12:12 p.m. Both mom and baby are happy and healthy. 

2. New Jersey is a perfect 5-0-0 against Atlantic Division opponents.

3. The Devils have not lost to Ottawa since Dec. 17, 2014, at Prudential Center. They are 10-1-0 overall against the Senators since 2014-15. 

4. New Jersey great Patrik Elias was at Prudential Center on Friday night. He received a round of applause and chants of "Patty! Patty!" from the crowd as he was introduced on the scoreboard. Elias will have his No. 26 retired by the Devils on Feb. 24, 2018, prior to a game against the New York Islanders. 

Tweet from @amandacstein: Patrik Elias saluted by the fans at Prudential Center. #NJDevils

5. Jimmy Hayes opened the scoring for the Devils. His second of the season cut the Senators' lead to 2-1 at 18:12 of the first period. Pavel Zacha and Steven Santini assisted on the goal.

Tweet from @NJDevils: ����@Jimmy10Hayes goes bar down! #OTTvsNJD

6. Play was stopped momentarily early in the second period when referee Brad Meier was struck by a high stick underneath his visor. The follow through of Senator Mike Hoffman's stick caught Meier in the eye and had to be tended to by Devils athletic trainer Kevin Morley before play resumed. 

7. Adam Henrique scored his third goal of the season to tie the game at 2-2 at 10:52 of the second period. The power play marker came off a Will Butcher blocked shot that bounced right to Henrique in the slot. Butcher's assist was the 10th of his career. He currently leads the Devils in points. Jesper Bratt also registered an assist on the goal. 

8. Nico Hischier served the first penalty of his career. He took a minor penalty for tripping Ottawa's Erik Karlsson at 14:11 of the second period. The Devils killed off the penalty, keeping the score at 2-2.

9. Brian Gibbons gave New Jersey their first lead of the night with 1:53 left in the second period when he beat Ottawa's Mike Condon cleanly. Gibbons' goal was the team-leading fourth of the season. The goal gave New Jersey a 3-2 lead. 

10. Damon Severson scored the fourth goal of the night for the Devils. His goal at 14:10 of the third period gave New Jersey a 4-2 lead against Ottawa. It was the 10th goal of Severson's career.
Tweet from @NJDevils: Sevo drops the hammer! �� #OTTvsNJD

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