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Noesen leads comeback for Devils, breaks tie in third against Ducks

Henrique scores highlight-reel goal, has assist for Anaheim in return to New Jersey

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

NEWARK, N.J. -- It appeared Anaheim Ducks forward Adam Henrique was going to haunt his former team on Monday.

Instead, it was former Ducks forward Stefan Noesen who had the final say, scoring the winning goal for the New Jersey Devils in a 5-3 victory at Prudential Center.

Noesen, claimed off waivers from Anaheim on Jan. 25, scored the tie-breaking goal with 4:07 remaining in the third period, putting home his own blocked shot. He also scored into an empty net with seven seconds remaining.

 

[WATCH: All Ducks vs. Devils highlights]

 

"It finished the way we wanted it to," said Noesen, who has five goals, three in the past three games. "It's a good feeling to beat your old team."

Miles Wood scored two goals for New Jersey (19-9-5). Brian Boyle had three assists, including the primary on the game-winner, for his second straight three-point game, and Cory Schneider made 21 saves.

Video: ANA@NJD: Wood deflects Vatanen's shot for PPG

The comeback from 2-0 and 3-1 down put a damper on what had been a dramatic return to New Jersey for Henrique, who had a goal and an assist in his first game against the Devils since he was traded on Nov. 30.

Henrique gave the Ducks a 3-1 lead at 11:21 of the second with a stunning individual effort. As he approached the attacking blue line, he lofted the puck over defenseman Sami Vatanen, the player for whom he was traded, and then claimed it before Vatanen could recover. Henrique drove the net and put his backhand shot under the crossbar.

"I knew they were tired on [my goal] there and I just tried to get to an area where I could skate into it and just caught the [defenseman] creeping a bit," said Henrique, who has four goals and four assists in nine games with Anaheim.

"That was a nasty play, I have to say," Vatanen said. "I have to tip my hat for him. It's something I've never seen. It was fast and he made a nice goal."

The Devils played a video tribute to Henrique, who played eight seasons and 455 games for them, during the first television timeout in the first period.

"Nervous, anxious, excited; a little bit of everything came into it tonight," Henrique said. "It was probably one of the longest games I have played, personally.

"It was certainly nice to have a great ovation from the fans and the players, too, obviously. It was a special night from that side of things [and] certainly an experience I will always remember."

Video: ANA@NJD: Devils honor Henrique's return with tribute

Forward Jesper Bratt tied the game 3-3 for the Devils with a wrist shot from the right circle at 5:49 of the third period.

"It's a stoppable puck; I didn't square off," Ducks goalie Ryan Miller said. "I would like to make that save."

Anaheim (14-12-8), playing the third of a six-game road trip, had earned at least one point in seven straight (3-0-4). It was the second straight game in which it blew a 2-0 lead, losing 3-2 in overtime to the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

"It's a big character win for us," said Vatanen, who scored his first point with the Devils, an assist on Wood's first goal. "We didn't start very well but we found a way to win the game."

Video: ANA@NJD: Bratt ties the game with wicked wrist shot

Ryan Getzlaf (6:44) and Jakob Silfverberg (10:30) scored on two of Anaheim's first four shots in the first period for a 2-0 lead.

Wood brought the Devils within 2-1 on the power play at 8:11 of the second period. His goal at 18:16 cut the Ducks lead to 3-2. Wood has a NHL career-high nine goals. He scored eight in 60 games last season.

Video: ANA@NJD: Getzlaf finds twine with five-hole tally

 

Goal of the game

Noesen's put-back of his own shot at 15:53 of the third period.

Video: ANA@NJD: Noesen puts Devils ahead late in the 3rd

 

Save of the game

Schneider's glove save against Logan Shaw on a shorthanded rush at 9:43 of the second period.

Video: ANA@NJD: Schneider flashes the leather on Shaw

 

Highlight of the game

Henrique's goal at 11:21 of the second period.

Video: ANA@NJD: Henrique scores in return to New Jersey

 

They said it

"We have to get contributions from everybody, and we have been. That's fun to do against your former team, so we're happy for [Noesen]. That's a big goal." -- Devils forward Brian Boyle

 

"We had lots of jump and we were managing the puck real well in the first. We were breaking out of our zone clean and we got a few opportunities and cashed in. It just seemed like that was our best period by far. The second period, they got a scoring chance 15 seconds in, so it was kind of like the tables turned." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle

 

Need to know

Devils forward Taylor Hall returned after missing two games with a right knee contusion. … Devils forward Kyle Palmieri, who missed 12 games with a broken right foot, played 13:23. … Ducks forward Nick Ritchie returned after missing three games with an upper-body injury. … Miller made 29 saves.

 

What's next

Ducks: At the New York Rangers on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG, Prime, NHL.TV)

Devils: Host the New York Rangers on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; MSG, MSG+2, NHL.TV)

 

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