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Devils burn the Leafs 6-3 in Toronto

10 Takeaways: Devils offense stays hot in 6-3 win

by Amanda Stein @AmandaCStein /
TORONTO -  The New Jersey Devils closed out their two-game road trip with a win - their third in a row - over the Maple Leafs. Taking down the Leafs, 6-3, the Devils are now 3-0 to start the season.

Here are 10 takeaways from the game: 

1. Kyle Palmieri was back in the lineup after he sat out the last game with a lower body injury. Palmieri returned to the top line with Taylor Hall and Pavel Zacha, and played a total of 16:05 while registering two shots on net.

2. Coach John Hynes switched up his defensive pairings to start the game. He had been using the same pairings the first two games, but on Wednesday, the defensive pairings looked like this: 


3. When Toronto scored at 8:33 of the first period, it was the first time this season that New Jersey had trailed an opponent. It would also be the only time Wednesday night that they would trail against the Leafs. 

4. Miles Wood had an opening period to remember. He scored two goals just 1:38 apart. They were his first two goals of the season. He tied the game 1-1 and then gave New Jersey a 2-1 lead. The two goals give Wood career goal No. 9 and No. 10 in 63 NHL games. 

Tweet from @NJDevils: In ����, he goes by Kilometers Wood, and he's very, very fast. #NJDvsTOR

5. Stefan Noesen dropped the gloves for the first time this season. He fought with Toronto's Matt Martin after a hard hit on Brian Gibbons sent Gibbons into the boards. Noesen was given two minutes for instigating, five for fighting and a 10-minute misconduct. 

6. Zacha entered the game still searching for his first shot of the season. Finally, at 9:58 of the second period, Zacha took a shot on Toronto's Frederik Andersen for his first shot - and first goal - of the year. He gave New Jersey a 3-2 lead. The goal was assisted by the "Swedish connection" of Marcus Johansson and Jesper Bratt, who picked up their second and third assists of the season, respectively. He wasn't done, though, netting another in the third period when he got a piece of a John Moore shot.

Tweet from @NHL: Back. Forth. Pass. Goal. Lovely passing from the Bratt-@mjohansson90-@Pavel_Zacha unit. #NJDvsTOR

7. That's one way to try and kill a 5-on-3 penalty! Gibbons scored a shorthanded goal to give New Jersey a 4-2 lead at 14:54 of the second period during a 5-on-3 Devils disadvantage. Adam Henrique started the rush up the ice and Gibbons, who scored his second goal of the season, completed it.

Tweet from @NHL: So the @NJDevils scored a goal... down two men. #NJDvsTOR

8. The bottom two lines continued to contribute on the scoreboard throughout the night. Four of New Jersey goals came from the bottom six forwards. After Wood (2) and Gibbons, Blake Coleman scored unassisted at 3:35 of the third period to give the Devils a 5-2 lead. It was his first goal of the season. 

9. For a second straight game, Henrique and Johansson wore the A's on their jerseys.

10. The Devils return home for a back-to-back weekend. They'll host Washington on Friday night before they pay a visit to Madison Square Garden to face the Rangers on Saturday night. 

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