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The Best 8 of 8: Devils' hot start fueled by jaw-dropping plays

Check out the top eight plays from the Devils' first eight games of the 2017-18 season

by Brian Born @BrianBorn /

The Devils (6-2-0) are off to their hottest start since the 2002-03 season, re-energizing the locker room and fan base with a breadth of young talent and team chemistry. New Jersey vowed to be a tougher team to play against this season and the club has kept their promise -- but this year is also different from past seasons. 

A traditionally stingy defensive team, New Jersey has established a new, high-powered offensive identity. The Devils rank fourth in the NHL in goals scored (31), in only eight games played. In comparison to 2016-17, it took the Devils 14 games to reach the 31-goal mark. Check out eight of the Devils' best plays from the first eight games of the season. 

8. YES-per!

Video: COL@NJD: Bratt nets first goal, parents tear up

Scoring his first career goal in his first-ever NHL game (with his parents in the crowd) lands Jesper Bratt firmly on the Top 8 plays list. 

7. Road closed: Blockaid ahead 

Video: NJD@NYR: Kinkaid robs Hayes after denying Shattenkirk

Keith Kinkaid was spectacular in his first start of the year, leading the Devils to a 3-2 win over the Rangers at The Garden. 

6. 44 Miles Per Hour

Video: NJD@TOR: Wood tallies second goal on breakaway

Miles Wood has always had elite speed and it was on full display when he split the Toronto blueliners for his second goal of the game. 

5. A Hall pass gets the MoJo going

Video: NJD@BUF: Hall steals puck, Johansson pots backhand

Great play by Hall on both ends of the ice set up a Taylor Made goal for Marcus Johansson in Buffalo. 

4. Nico takes two 

Video: NJD@OTT: Hischier pots first two NHL goals 1:51 apart

Nico Hischier truly arrived when he scored his first two career NHL goals just 1:51 apart in Ottawa. 

3. Butcher knifes one through to Stafford

Video: NJD@NYR: Stafford backhands first goal with Devils

Will Butcher leads all NHL rookies with nine assists, none prettier than this helper to Drew Stafford against our cross-town rivals.

2. Short-handed history is made

Video: NJD@TOR: Gibbons pots rare three-on-five SHG

Brian Gibbons' 3-on-5 shorthanded goal against the Leafs was the first in Devils regular season history.

1. The Moore the merrier 

Video: NJD@OTT: Moore buries wicked wrister for OT winner

Since joining Jersey John Moore has scored five GWG's in OT and has appropriately been nicknamed "Mr. Overtime."

Don't miss the opportunity to watch the new era of Devils Hockey at Prudential Center this weekend when the club hosts the Senators on Friday and the Coyotes on Saturday. 

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