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Devils drop Sunday tilt in Winnipeg

New Jersey close out their seven-game road trip with a 5-2 loss to the Jets

by Amanda Stein @amandacstein /

WINNIPEG, MB - The New Jersey Devils seven-game road trip has come to an end with a 5-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets Sunday evening. The Devils fought back twice to get themselves within a goal after the Jets jumped to an early 2-0 lead. 

Here are 10 takeaways from the game:

1. For the first time this season, head coach John Hynes split up the top line of Taylor Hall, Nico Hischier and Kyle Palmieri. Against the Winnipeg Jets, the Devils lined up as follows: 




2. Defenseman Egor Yakovlev made his NHL debut against the Jets. Paired with Damon Severson, Yakovlev played 14:10 and registered two shots on goal. 

3. After the Devils found themselves down by two goals early in the first period, they kept plugging away to find their chances. Brett Seney and Jesper Bratt connected at 7:15 of the first period. Seney, streaking down the slot, fired one home past Winnipeg netminder Connor Hellebuyck to cut the Jets lead to 2-1.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Here's that first @NHL goal that's one to remember! #NJDvsWPG

4. Bratt and Severson assisted on the Seney goal. The assist was Bratt's first of the season in just his second game since returning from a fractured jaw. Severson's assist was his ninth point of the season. He would later add to his assist total with a second on the night to bring him to 10 points in 15 games to start the year.

5. Seney isn't the only member of the New Jersey Devils to have scored his first NHL goal at BellMTS Place in Winnipeg. He joins Miles Wood (Nov. 29, 2016) and Will Butcher (Nov. 18 2017) as members of the current Devils square to score their first career goal in Winnipeg.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Good guy Marcus Johansson will make sure @brettseney89 sees that puck again. #NHLFirstGoal

6. Blake Coleman scored his fifth goal of the season on a wrist shot that beat Hellebuyck glove side. Coleman's goal cut the Jets lead to 3-2 and was assisted on by Severson. 

Tweet from @NJDevils: Oh ok, @BColes25, ok. 💪😤 #NJDvsWPG

The goal marked the second time in the game the Devils fought to get themselves within one goal of the Jets. 

7. The Devils were down to just 11 forwards early in the second period when Devils forward Nico Hischier left the game with an upper body injury. Hischier's night ended, registering one shot on goal in 6:05 of ice time.

8. Sami Vatanen lead all Devils with five of the Devils 32 shots on net. Brian Boyle was the only Devil not to register a shot on goal, while Taylor Hall and Blake Coleman lead the forwards with four shots each.

9. The Devils had chances on their three power play opportunities but could not convert. The penalty kill went one-for-one, keeping the Jets off the board with the man advantage. 

10. The Devils close out their seven-game road trip, the longest of the season, with a 1-6-0 record.

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