SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. - Half of the New Jersey Devils were on Prince Edward Island on Monday to face off against the Ottawa Senators for Kraft Hockeyville 2017, while the remainder of the squad played in Brooklyn against the Islanders.
The team that made the trek to Canada jumped out to a 5-0 first period lead and never looked back. They beat the Senators 8-1. Here are 10 takeaways from the Kraft Hockeyville game:
1. It was a packed house at the Credit Union Place in front of over 2,000 fans for the Devils and Senators Kraft Hockeyville preseason game. The community came out in droves, supporting not just the two teams on the ice but wearing jerseys from teams all across the NHL.
2. Canadian Taylor Hall got a huge round of applause when his name was announced over the loud speaker. His name was also called out many times during the morning skate Red Carpet where fans were hoping to get his attention. A couple of young fans who were waiting near the bus entrance were overheard saying, "There he is! There he is!" as Hall walked off the team bus and into the arena for the game.
3. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was on hand for the pregame ceremony, during which he presented the Kraft Hockeyville trophy to the O'Leary organizing committee.
4. The Devils opened scoring less than two minutes into the game, when Marcus Johansson got one past Ottawa's Mike Condon. Johansson was playing on Nico Hischier's left wing after playing his last two games at center. It was his first goal of the preseason. He finished the night with four points, assisting on first, second and third period goals.
Pavel Zacha scored his second goal of the preseason, 2:09 after Johansson's, to give the Devils a 2-0 lead. He scored again in the first period - also on the power play - to elevate the Devils' lead to 4-0.
5. Three goals in three games! Nico Hischier's tally gave the Devils a 3-0 first period lead. Hischier's goal was assisted by his linemates Johansson and Drew Stafford. It was the rookie's third preseason goal in as many games. He had a two-point night, picking up an assist on the Devils' eighth goal of the game.
Zacha and Hischier currently share the lead in preseason goals with three each.
6. Stafford also had himself a quality night. He picked up the Devils' fifth and eighth goals. He also led both teams in shots in the first period with seven.
7. John Quenneville had a solid power play presence in the second period. He put in two goals in a matter of 29 seconds during a 5-on-3 and ensuing 5-on-4. They were his first two goals of the preseason, and gave New Jersey a 6-0 and 7-0 lead over Ottawa. New Jersey took the 7-0 lead before the halfway mark of the second period, upon which Ottawa changed their goalie from Condon to Andrew Hammond.
8. At the halfway mark of the game, the Devils were dominating not just the goal tally but the shot output as well. New Jersey lead Ottawa 31-9 midway through the second period.
9. Cory Schneider had a relatively relaxed night. The Devils' defense did a strong job keeping the Senators shot total low. New Jersey let Schneider see just 21 shots all night. He made 20 stops in the victory.
10. New Jersey has one more preseason game left on the schedule. The team will head to Washington to face the Capitals Wednesday night. After that, it's on to the Oct. 7 season opener.