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GAME STORY: Devils 3, Ducks 1

Hischier, Palmieri and Vatanen score for the Devils in their 3-1 home win.

by Catherine Bogart / NewJerseyDevils.com

NEWARK, NJ - The New Jersey Devils increased their win streak to two Wednesday night, after beating Anaheim at home, 3-1. The Devils scored three unanswered goals in the second and third periods to get the win. Nico Hischier, Kyle Palmieri and Sami Vatanen all scored for the home team.

The Ducks scored the opening tally in the first four minutes of play. Ondrej Kase fed Adam Henrique on a two-on-none who one-timed it past Blackwood.

The Devils tied the game up less than two minutes into the second period when Jesper Bratt intercepted an Anaheim pass, popped it to Nico Hischier, who then scored.

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Hischier felt his understanding of Bratt as a player benefits their chemistry.

"I know and I feel comfortable playing with Bratter," said Hischier. "I came in with him in this league. I've played a lot of games already with him. He's a great player. He's a great playmaker and he can score also, so it's great to play with him."

On the second power play of the night for the Devils, Kyle Palmieri walked into the zone, fired a wrister from the faceoff dot, and beat Ryan Miller for the Devils first lead of the night.

Sami Vatanen increased the Devils lead to 3-1 when his shot from right below the blue line hit a Anaheim player and went past Miller. Jack Hughes had the primary assist.

With just over five minutes left in the game, Anaheim was inches away from scoring after a quick feed from behind to an open Max Jones. Blackwood made the save with his right pad.

Nico Hischier was called for tripping with 4:03 on the clock. Anaheim pulled their goalie to give the visitors a 6-on-4 advantage but the Devils were able to kill off the penalty.

Mackenzie Blackwood finished the game with 23 saves on 24 shots.

Interim Head Coach Alain Nasreddine liked how his team responded to Anaheim's opening goal.

"I did like our response in the second period, I think we got back to our game, got the lead, and third period, a lot of good things," said Interim Head Coach Alain Nasreddine. "Some breakdowns we would like to eliminate but the guys stayed the course and it was a good win."

With growing momentum and two straight wins, the Devils are buying into the message from the coaching staff.

"It's just the clear message," said Palmieri. "We're starting to believe in it, and when you look and things snowball the wrong way, it's easy for it to gain speed. We're just going to sit there at the middle point of the hill and try to get it up over the crest and find a way to get the ball rolling in the right direction."

"These last two games, and even the game in Colorado was a good start and we're going to keep trying to build."

"If you look at our last few games I think we played well and we gave ourselves the chance to win games," said Hischier. "Those were tight games."

The team only has three games left before the holiday break, starting with their home game against Washington. The focus for the Devils is taking it one day at a time.

"I don't think we have to focus on anything other coming into practice tomorrow and trying to get better and getting off to a good start Friday," said Palmieri.

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