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Devils edged by Oilers in OT

10 Takeaways: Boyle scores first goal as a Devil in 3-2 OT loss to Edmonton

by Amanda Stein @NJDevils /

Still searching for answers. 

The New Jersey Devils' winless streak continues after a 3-2 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night. It was the second loss to the Oilers in six days as the Devils' winless streak slides to four games. 

Here are 10 takeaways from the game: 

1. Kyle Palmieri returned to the Devils' lineup after a six-game absence with a lower body injury. Palmieri was thrown right back into the mix, on the top line right wing with Nico Hischier at center and Taylor Hall at left wing. Palmieri finished played 19:25 in his return to the lineup.

Tweet from @WWE: Get PUMPED! @WWEDanielBryan is at @NJDevils' #WWE Night and he's got the mic.

2. The Devils hosted their first ever WWE Night. As part of the festivities, WWE SmackDown Live GM and former WWE wrestler Daniel Bryan joined the Prudential Center crowd. 

Tweet from @NJDevils: The newest member of the #NJDevils, @WWEDanielBryan rocks his new sweater proudly on @WWE Night!

3. Brian Boyle netted his first goal of the season and first as a New Jersey Devil at 5:33 of the first period. Boyle potted in a third consecutive rebound given up by Oilers goalie Cam Talbot. The goal was Boyle's first since his cancer diagnosis during training camp. Of his goal, Boyle told MSG Network: "I've never cried after a goal before. That's a great feeling. It's everything." 

Brian Gibbons and John Moore earned the assists as Boyle launched himself into the corner in celebration with a million-dollar smile on his face. 

Tweet from @NHL: There are no words to describe how that must feel.@BriBrows22 is on the board. #BoyleStrong #HockeyFightsCancer

4. It took the Oilers more than 10 minutes into the game to register their first shot on Cory Schneider. The Devils had accumulated nine by that point, and already scored their first goal of the game.  

5. Drew Stafford gave the Devils a 2-1 lead with 1:35 left in the second period. The goal capped off a 12-shot period for the Devils. Stafford relied on his leg strength to cut in front of the net with Oiler Mark Letestu right on top of him, and boxed Letestu out of the crease. Stafford drew Talbot to the left side of his crease, and made a nifty move to beat Talbot glove side. Stafford now has five goals this season. See the goal below: 

Tweet from @NJDevils: Just the way we Drew it up! #EDMvsNJD

6. After going 0 for 4 on the power play, the Devils have now failed to score on the man advantage in a season-high four consecutive games. The last Devils power play goal was scored against the Arizona Coyotes on Oct. 28. 

7. The penalty kill was far more effective than the power play. The Devils killed off both of the Oilers' man advantages.  

8. Edmonton superstar Connor McDavid has yet to score a goal against the Devils in his career. In five games against the Devils McDavid has registered eight assists, including one on the game-winner tonight.

9. With the loss, the Devils' record against the Western Conference drops to 3-4-1.

10. The Devils wrap up their three-game home stand on Saturday when they welcome the Florida Panthers to Newark. Tickets for the game are available.

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