It a matchup that featured lots of youthful talent and back-and-forth scoring, it was New Jersey that escaped with a 6-5 overtime victory against Edmonton Friday afternoon at Prudential Center.
The Devils had leads of 1-0, 2-1, 3-2 and 4-3 on goals from Jack Hughes (PP), Nico Hischier, Dawson Mercer and Janne Kuokkanen. But they could never get that "next goal" to extend their lead and trailed 5-4 in the third period.
Yegor Sharangovich scored with 32 seconds remaining on a 6-on-5 to force overtime. Hughes scored in overtime (second OT goal of the season) in a scene reminiscent of the his season-opening overtime tally. The Devils raised their sticks to the crowd following the celebration.
"I don't even know if it snuck in blocker or seven hole, I'm just trying to shoot the puck more. The more you shoot it the more pucks will go in the net," said Hughes, who has three goals and six points in his past two games. "I shot it through the screen and McDavid's legs. Once I got around him I saw the puck trickle in, and we were pretty pumped up."
The Oilers received goals from Connor McDavid (2), Kailer Yamamoto (2) and Devin Shore.
"It was a wild game, but at the end of the day we came up with the two points," assistant coach Alain Nasreddine, who was acting head coach, said. "We did a lot of good. There are some things, like any game, that you'd like to improve on. At the end of the day I like the resiliency, up-down, up-down, lose the lead at the end and then come back. So it was a huge win.