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Monahan, Flames burn Devils at Prudential Center

10 Takeaways: New Jersey falls to Calgary 3-2 at The Rock

by Amanda Stein @AmandaCStein / newjerseydevils.com

The Devils were burned by the Flames on Thursday night at Prudential Center as New Jersey dropped their matchup to Calgary 3-2. Calgary put up three goals in the second period, and New Jersey was unable to mount a comeback, posting a second straight loss.

Here are 10 takeaways from the game: 

1. Keith Kinkaid made his fifth straight appearance as the New Jersey starter. Kinkaid was pulled in his last performance against the Senators on Tuesday night after giving up four goals. He gave up three goals on 25 shots to the Flames.  

2. Recent call-up from Binghamton, forward John Quenneville, made his season debut with the Devils Tuesday. He played left wing on a line centered by Brian Boyle and with Drew Stafford on the right wing. 

In his season debut, Quenneville played 13:15 and took two shots on net. 

3. The first period didn't provide anything by way of offense for either team, however Devils forward Kyle Palmieri, with 4:31 to play snapped a shot off the goal post, as the crowd reacted to the loud ping. 

Tweet from @HabsCorner: Palmieri *DING* pic.twitter.com/gMvOHfLHA8

The Devils took only eight shots in the first period, with just one of those shots coming on the Devils' single power play chance of the period. 

4. The Devils gave up the first goal of the game at 4:16 of the second period when a shot rebounded off Kinkaid's shoulder and right to Flames forward Sean Monahan for the tap in and his 26th goal of the season. The goal put the Flames up 1-0.  

Tweet from @amandacstein: Rebound off of Kinkaid's shoulder goes right to Monahan. https://t.co/UwnTNEY2aU

5. Taylor Hall has been an unstoppable force in his past 12 games. Including Thursday night, Hall has at least a point in 12 straight games (8g, 9a). 

Against the Flames, Hall did not need any help to get the Devils on the board. He scored unassisted when he capitalised on a turnover by Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton. Hall's initial shot was saved by Calgary netminder David Rittich, before he fired one more shot for the tying goal. 

Tweet from @NJDevils: Taylor made Hall by himself. #CGYvsNJD pic.twitter.com/xeY9gp7npk

The goal was Hall's 20th of the season and his 53rd point of the year in Game No. 53 for New Jersey. Hall had 53 points in 72 games played last season. 

6. Despite Hall's goal in the second period, the Devils came out of the middle frame down by a score of 3-1. The Flames beat Kinkaid twice in a span of 3:32, scoring goals at 14:33 and 18:05 for the lead. The Devils also trailed in the faceoff circle, winning 47 percent of the draws. An area in which the Devils did lead was in delivering hits with 20 to the Flames' 17.

7. This Devils reporter told you to look out for Pavel Zacha tonight, as his confidence has been growing over the last couple of games. On Thursday night, he scored his first goal in 18 games for his fourth of the season, and it was a beauty. Zacha scored with his back to Rittich and between his legs to get the Devils within one and bring the score to 3-2. 

Tweet from @NJDevils: Zacha-ttack!Catch the conclusion of #CGYvsNJD on MSG+. pic.twitter.com/SLWxwjKLZ3

8. Nico Hischier, John Moore, Miles and Hall were all tied for the team lead with four shots on goal each, followed by Zacha who each had three. 

9. The Devils did not give up any man-advantage opportunities to the Flames, staying out of the penalty box for all 60 minutes. 

10. Next up, the Devils hit the road on Saturday night to visit Columbus. The road trip marks the first ever moms' trip for the franchise, during which players and staff will be joined on the road by their mothers for Saturday night's game against the Blue Jackets and at home Sunday against the Bruins. 

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