Devils score three goals in the third period on their way to a 5-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings
Louis Domingue made 19 saves in his Devils starting debut and the team got two goals from Blake Coleman plus more from Kyle Palmieri, Will Butcher and Taylor Hall as a third-period rally was the difference in a 5-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Hockey Fights Cancer night on Saturday.
The Devils play again at home on Tuesday against the Minnesota Wild. The game can be seen on MSG+ and heard on the Devils Hockey Network, including right here at NewJerseyDevils.com. Puck drop is 7:08 p.m. ET.
"It was a good response from last night. Guys played well. We had contributions throughout the lineup. We had four lines that could play and six defensemen," said Devils head coach John Hynes. "Louis played well. When you have guys who make contributions throughout, it helps you play a more consistent game."
After a scoreless first period, Detroit netted the game's first 3:32 into the second as Madison Bowey found Taro Hirose for a direction past starting goaltender Louis Domingue in front.
Only 26 seconds later, the Devils responded. Taylor Hall chased down the puck then threw it in front to Kyle Palmieri who rifled the puck low blocker side past Red Wings starting goalie Jonathan Bernier to knot the game up at 1-1.
"It was huge," said Domingue of Palmieri's goal coming so soon after the Red Wings scored. "Those are the details in the game where, more often than not, when that happens you end up on the winning side."
The two teams traded power play chances to close out the second period.
Shots after 40 minutes were 21-15 for New Jersey but Red Wings had the edge in shots in the middle frame at 10-5.
The Devils came out in the third with a sense of purpose and it paid off in two quick goals. 4:32 into the period, Will Butcher's centering pass went off the skate of Dylan McIlrath. It was called off at first but after being reviewed, it was noted that it did go off the Wings player and wasn't kicked in by Palmieri. It was Butcher's goal and the Devils were in front.
"I felt something hit me but I figured it was his leg," said Palmier. "I was 95% sure it didn't come off of me."
Just under two minutes later, Miles Wood battled behind the net, eventually getting the puck in front and Blake Coleman swooped in to roof it and make it a two-goal game.
"You could see there was energy in the locker room between the second and third and energy on the bench," Hynes noted.
Taylor Hall added an empty-net goal to seal the deal with 4:37 to play.
Simmonds and McIlrath engaged in fisticuffs with 22 seconds to go in the game and then with 11 seconds left, Coleman scored his second of the game to put a bow on this one.
Shots on goal in the game were 34-20 for the Devils.
Palmieri added that he thought the win was a big one for the character of the team, particularly coming off two tough losses.
"We believe in the character we have in this room. The last two games were tough pills to swallow. Talking throughout the week was trying to find some traction in our game and hopefully this helps us," he began.
"You look back and some of the things that have gone wrong for us is crucial times in the game. That's huge. We were playing well up to that point and you look at our track record, we sag a bit after not getting rewarded for awhile or the other team's scoring. We scored five unanswered."
New Jersey owned the play for most of the opening frame, outshooting Detroit 15-5. The best chance for the Devils came with the two teams playing four-on-four.
P.K. Subban blasted a shot from the top of the left circle that Bernier made a big save on to keep the game scoreless.
Each team had three power play chances in the first. Hall took an early penalty 4:28 into the game, Gusev got one which negated a Devils PP and Simmonds was called for cross-checking.
Detroit's Brandon Perlini took a tripping minor just past the period's midway point and then Madison Bowey took back-to-back penalties.
The first one, Hall got in behind the Red Wings defense but Bowey dumped him from behind before he could get a good scoring chance. Then before Bowey even got on the ice after his penalty expired, he tried to play the puck when the door to his penalty box opened. That violated the rule book and he sat for two more minutes.
"It was a good response from last night. Guys played well. We had contributions throughout the lineup," noted Hynes. "We had four lines that could play, six defensemen. When you have guys who make contributions throughout, it helps you play a more consistent game."