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Devils fall to Senators

New Jersey gives up two-goal lead in 7-3 loss to Ottawa Tuesday night

by Amanda Stein @amandacstein / newjerseydevils.com

OTTAWA - The New Jersey Devils let a 2-0 lead slip away against the Ottawa Senators Tuesday night in a 7-3 loss in the second half of a back-to-back. For the second time in five game, the Devils see a 2-0 lead spiral into a loss.

Here are 10 takeaways from the game:

1. Goaltender Cory Schneider made his second start of the season in net. His night was just short 7:25 into second period after the Devils fell behind 4-2. Schneider's night ended after 18 saves on 22 shots. 

2. Keith Kinkaid, who posted the victory Monday night in Pittsburgh, replaced Schneider and stopped 17 of 19 shots faced. In all, the Senators were credited with 42 shots on net.

3. Nico Hischier and Taylor Hall connected early in the first period to give the Devils a 1-0 lead on the Senators. Hischier made a beauty of a pass to Hall, who toe-dragged his way around an Ottawa defenseman. Taylor Hall opened the score at 3:14 of the first period with his third goal of the year.

Tweet from @NJDevils: .@hallsy09's got our vote for favorite goal of the game so far. #NJDvsOTT pic.twitter.com/cbL9DNsI0P

The goal was Hall's 15th point this season in just 13 games. Hischier and Andy Greene were credited with the assists.

4. Just after the halfway mark of the first period, Hischier would already have a two-point night. Hischier assisted on Kyle Palmieri's goal that gave the Devils a 2-0 lead at 11:20. Palmieri cleaned up a rebound in front of Ottawa netminder Craig Anderson for his 10th goal of the season. 

Ben Lovejoy was credited with the secondary assist and he is now five points shy of 200 in his career. 

5. With his 10th goal of the season in just 13 games, Palmieri ties Verbeek (87-88) for fastest to 10 goals in Devils history. (Credit: Craig Seiden, NJD Radio statistician) 

6. The Devils registered 39 shots on net through 60 minutes. Every Devils forward registered at least one shot on goal. Only Will Butcher failed to register a shot on defense. 

7. Kyle Palmieri led all skaters with six shots on net, while Rookie Joey Anderson, Nico Hischier, and Blake Coleman all had four shots each. For Anderson, it marked a career high. 

8. The Devils penalty killers gave up one goal on three Senators power play attempts while the Devils went 0-for-2 on their opportunities with the man advantage. 

9. Travis Zajac scored for a second consecutive game. At 14:13 of the third period, Zajac tallied his fifth goal of the season. 

10. The Devils continue their road trip Friday night in Toronto. They'll face the Leafs in the Hall of Fame Weekend matchup before heading to Winnipeg to face the Jets Sunday night.

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