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Devils can't bounce back in Detroit

New Jersey drops their second consecutive game in a 4-3 loss to the Red Wings

by Amanda Stein @amandacstein / newjerseydevils.com

DETROIT, MI - The New Jersey Devils gave up their first shorthanded goal of the season to the Detroit Red Wings Thursday night, and it proved to be the backbreaker in a 4-3 loss to Detroit. The game was a second consecutive road-loss for the Devils who are on a current seven game trip.

Here are 10 takeaways from the game: 

1. Thursday marked six months, to the day, that Cory Schneider underwent hip surgery. Exactly six-months later, Schneider was back between the pipes as the Devils starting goaltender. Schneider stopped 27 of 30 shots he faced.

2. For just the second time this season, the Devils were held scoreless after 20 minutes of play. With seven shots on net, New Jersey failed to register a goal in the first period. The last time the Devils ended the first period without scoring a goal was on October 14 against San Jose. 

3. While only in their third road game of the season, the Devils gave up the opening goal on the road to their opponent for the first time this year. The Red Wings took a 1-0 lead at 7:54, while the Devils were defending a Ben Lovejoy holding penalty.  

4. Detroit's Martin Frk's game-opening goal was only the second time this season that the Devils gave up the first goal of the game, whether it be at home or on the road.

5. The Devils were in unchartered territory once the game hit the 7:06 mark of the second period against the Red Wings. For this first time this year, the Devils reached the midway point of the game without scoring a single goal against their opponent. The longest goalless scoring streak as a team came against San Jose, when Palmieri got the Devils on the board at 7:06 of the second period in a 3-2 victory.

6. Blake Coleman snapped the scoreless streak at the 14:12 mark of the second period. Coleman was alone in front of the net when Travis Zajac passed him the puck from inside the trapezoid behind the Detroit net. Upon reception, Coleman snapped the puck high, glove side on Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard. The goal was Coleman's fourth of the season, trailing only Kyle Palmieri (9) for the team lead. 

Tweet from @NJDevils: Lets take another look at this dandy from @BColes25.#NowWeRise | #NJDvsDET pic.twitter.com/tWKzabqfr

Zajac and Marcus Johansson were credited with the assists on the play. 

7. With 46 seconds left in the second period, Mirco Mueller dropped the gloves with Detroit's Luke Glendening. The fight was Mueller's second career fight, his last one coming in 2015 while with the San Jose Sharks. 

8. The Devils took their first lead of the game at 3:20 of the third period, with Sami Vatanen scoring his first goal of the season. Vatanen scored with the man advantage, his first goal on the power play since March 4, 2018 against the Vegas Golden Knights. 

Tweet from @NJDevils: Snappy. pic.twitter.com/8RKzSoYlrt 

The goal marks a 17th power play goal in Vatanen's career. Both Nico Hischier and Zajac assisted on the play. 

9. Taylor Hall continued his point streak, picking up an assist on the Devils third goal of the game. With just 4 seconds left on the clock, Hall assisted on Marcus Johansson's power player marker to bring the Devils within one of the Red Wings. His point streak extends to nine games where he has collected 13 points (two goals, 11 assists).

10. The Red Wings took their second lead of the game in the third period. The Justin Abdelkader shorthanded goal at 12:50 of the third period was the first shorthanded goal the Devils have given up since last February, when they gave up two to the Boston Bruins in a 5-3 loss.  

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