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Hats off! Wood registers hat trick in New Jersey's 7-5 win over Chicago

10 Takeaways: Devils erase three-goal deficit en route to a 7-5 victory over the Blackhawks

by Amanda Stein @AmandaCStein / newjerseydevils.com

CHICAGO -- The New Jersey Devils opened a four-game road trip with a monstrous 7-5 victory over the Blackhawks on Sunday evening. It was a high scoring affair, highlighted by a second period in which the Devils scored four goals. On top of that, two players had milestone nights.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Views from the #NJDevils bench. �� #NJDvsCHI pic.twitter.com/sAoCFyRV0q

Here are 10 takeaways from the game.

1. Coach John Hynes switched up his lineup to face the Blackhawks. Pavel Zacha drew into the lineup after being a healthy scratch the last two games, while Jimmy Hayes sat out as a healthy scratch. 

Zacha moved from center to left wing on a line centered by Brian Boyle and Miles Wood on the right side. 

Ben Lovejoy and Dalton Prout were also healthy scratches. 

2. The Devils gave up the opening goal for the first time in five games. Keith Kinkaid saw a Jan Rutta shot tipped by Artem Anisimov get by him 41 seconds into the game. Chicago took the early 1-0 lead. 

3. Mirco Mueller played only :18 in the first period after he was hit hard by Chicago's John Hayden on his opening shift. Mueller looked shaken up as head athletic trainer Kevin Morley made his way onto the ice to check on him. Mueller was evaluated by team staff for an upper body injury and did not return to the game. 

4. Wood scored his first career hat trick on Sunday night, becoming the youngest Devils player at 22 years, 60 days old with a hat trick since Scott Gomez scored a hat trick in 1999 at 20 years, three days old. 

Wood scored his fourth, fifth and sixth goals of the season and picked up an assist against the Blackhawks. He finished the night with four points. 

His fourth goal of the year was scored at 3:40 of the first period. Wood was parked in front of Chicago's Cory Crawford's net and jammed one past him on the power play. Drew Stafford and Taylor Hall assisted on the goal. See the it below: 

Tweet from @NJDevils: This Wood happen. #NJDvsCHI pic.twitter.com/cY6XX0wTZq

Wood's second goal of the game would come late in the first period, cutting the Blackhawks' lead to 4-2. He sniped in a feed from Zacha at 17:37 of the first.

His third and final goal of the game would come early in the third to give the Devils a 7-5 lead.

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5. It was a wild first period, with shots and goals galore. Combined, both teams registered six goals on 29 shots. The Devils finished the first with two goals on 12 shots and the 'Hawks finished with four goals on 17 shots. The Devils also gave up four goals in a single period to an opponent for the first time this season. 

 6. The Devils entered the second period trailing 4-2, but the second frame was far kinder to the Devils, who scored in bunches. 

Captain Andy Greene now has 200 points with the Devils. His second goal of the season cut the Blackhawks lead to 4-3, 3:07 into the second frame. 

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Greene's goal was assisted on by Stefan Noesen and Blake Coleman. (Fun fact: both Noesen and Coleman hail from the same city of Plano, Texas.)

Greene finished the night with a goal and an assist and now has 41 goals, 160 assists in 723 career games.

7. Nico Hischier also scored in the second period to tie the game at 4-4 at 6:52. Hischier scored his third goal of the season in the building where it all started for him, as he was drafted first overall by the Devils in Chicago at the United Center on June 23. He also became the first No. 1 overall pick since Taylor Hall to score a goal in his first game at the venue where he was drafted. See the goal below: 

Tweet from @NJDevils: �� @NicoHischier is a magician. He just made Chicago's three goal lead disappear. #NJDvsCHI pic.twitter.com/WhFzzs2jpf

8. It was also a milestone night for Hall. He picked up points 399 and 400 with a goal and an assist. Hall assisted on Wood's opening goal in the first and would later give the Devils a 5-4 second period lead. Hall charged his way into Crawford crease and backhanded the puck behind Crawford for the goal. 

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9. The game tonight closed out New Jersey's fourth of 16 back-to-back sets. The Devils are 3-1-0 on second nights of back-to-backs.  

10. The Devils continue their four-game road trip with a stop in Toronto on Thursday night, followed by stops in Winnipeg and Minnesota before returning home to face the Bruins on Nov 22. Tickets for the Bruins games and other home games are available.

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