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Devils offense erupts for six goals in W over Habs

10 Takeaways: Devils defeat Canadiens 6-4 at Prudential Center

by Amanda Stein @AmandaCStein /

Back on track … and with no mercy.

The Devils scored four goals in the first period against the visiting Montreal Canadiens and never looked back. They've re-entered the win column with a 6-4 victory. 

Taylor Hall again extended his point streak and Travis Zajac had a three-point night in the dominant win. 

Tweet from @NJDevils: Travis Zajac is being credited with the #NJDevils third and fourth goals tonight. #MTLvsNJD @KylePalmieri and #Vatman get the assists on the first.@Hallsy09 and #Vatman are credited with the helpers on the second.

Here are 10 takeaways from the game: 

1. On the Devils' sixth shot on net in the first period, the home team took a 1-0 lead on the Canadiens. Will Butcher's slap shot from the left point was tipped in behind Canadiens netminder Charlie Lindgren by Stefan Noesen for the lead at 8:25. 

Tweet from @NJDevils: Since they are at @PruCenter tonight, we're doing what the @TeamUSA Women's gold medalists did a lot of....Scoring goals against the Canadiens. #MTLvsNJD

The goal was Noesen's 10th of the season, Butcher's 29th assist and Zajac's 10th assist of the year. 

2. Butcher would waste little time reaching his 30th assist. Another of his point shots deflected off Lindgren and Devils forward Blake Coleman was in the crease to bury the rebound for a 2-0 lead. After an 11-game point drought, Butcher was back on the score sheet, adding two assists before the game was 20 minutes old. 

Tweet from @NJDevils: Credit @WillButcher4 with his second helper of the period at 16:33. @BriBrows22 also collects an �� on @BColes25's seventh goal of the season. #MTLvsNJD

3. At 18:08 of the first, the Devils scored their third goal of the night. Zajac tallied the first of two goals he would earn on Tuesday night. His power play goal was his ninth of the season and assisted on by Kyle Palmieri and Sami Vatanen. 

4. There really is no stopping Hall. On Tuesday night, he extended his personal point streak to 26 games by assisting on Zajac's second goal of the first period goal. During the streak, Hall has 18 goals and 20 assists. He also has points in 19 consecutive appearances for the Devils. Over that stretch he has 13 goals and 13 assists. 

The career year continues for Hall, who now has a career-high 22 multiple-point games in a season. His previous high of 21 was set with the Edmonton Oilers in 2013-14. 

5. The Devils held the Canadiens to just three shots on goal through the first 10 minutes of play, and only five through the full 20 minutes. Compare that to the Devils, who had 17 on Canadiens goalie Lindgren through 20 minutes. 

6. Patrick Maroon scored his first goal as a New Jersey Devil, and right where the team hoped it would come: on the power play. The trade deadline acquisition tipped in a Hall deflected shot, for the 5-1 lead. Maroon has four points in four games with the Devils, who went 3-for-4 on the power play against the Canadiens Tuesday. 

Tweet from @NJDevils: Maroon (for) 5������.#MTLvsNJD

7. Brian Boyle ended a 23-game goalless drought. He went charging across the blue paint at 16:14 of the second period and beat Lindgren to give the Devils a 6-1 lead. 

Tweet from @NJDevils: "Hey Karl....GOOD TO SEE YOU!" -@BriBrows22 probably. #MTLvsNJD

8. Seven different New Jersey Devils recorded at least two points against the Canadiens on Tuesday night. 

9. The victory against the Canadiens was head coach John Hynes' 100th career win. All 100 of his victories have come with the New Jersey Devils. Over his three years coaching, Hynes has a record of 100-101-30.

10. The Devils conclude a three-game home stand on Thursday night when they host the Winnipeg Jets before heading out on a six-game road trip that will take the club to the West Coast for a week.

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