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Devils overcome 50 saves from Hogberg, defeat Senators in shootout

Palmieri ties it with 3:21 left, New Jersey ends three-game losing streak

by Callum Fraser / Independent Correspondent

Hughes seals shootout win

NJD@OTT: Hughes beats Hogberg in shootout

Jack Hughes skates in and fires a wrist shot from the slot past Marcus Hogberg to seal a Devils' shootout victory over the Senators

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OTTAWA -- The New Jersey Devils had 53 shots on goal and ended a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 shootout win against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Monday.

Marcus Hogberg set a Senators rookie record with 50 saves and extended his personal point streak to five games (1-0-4).

"You can get 53 shots if they're all [from] the outside and no good, but I felt tonight we attacked the net, we played to the inside, we got quality chances," Devils coach Alain Nasreddine said. "I felt that we could have had a lot more than three goals. Their goalie played well."


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Ottawa (17-23-9), which is 1-5-5 in its past 11, took a 3-2 lead in the third period when Vladislav Namestnikov and Chris Tierney scored shorthanded goals 35 seconds apart.

"It seems that so many times he stands on his head and we just can't seem to get him the extra point," Tierney said. "It [stinks]. It feels like he's giving us a chance to win every night and we're just not picking up a couple of extra points. Hopefully he can keep playing that way and we can find ways to win."

Kyle Palmieri tied the game with 3:21 left in the third period for New Jersey (18-24-7), and Mackenzie Blackwood, who missed the previous four games with an upper-body injury, made 35 saves. The Devils went 1-for-5 on the power play, including the two goals against.

Video: NJD@OTT: Palmieri scores late clutch goal

"I think we all know now the way we have to play," Devils center Nico Hischier said. "… We've got to play with a lot of speed, make their [defensemen] turn, and that's how we can create offense. I think now our guys in here understand that."

It was the first game for each team after the All-Star break.

"I don't think we had enough guys play their best game tonight," Senators coach D.J. Smith said. "In saying that, we did have a lot of guys that did work. If you look, individually, there were some guys that really played hard tonight. We need more guys, but we're coming off the break. Guys were rusty, for sure."

Video: NJD@OTT: Hogberg stymies Hughes with glove save

Palmieri tied it for New Jersey when he was left open near the right post to convert a pass from Jesper Bratt at 16:39 to make it 3-3.

"Obviously not exactly how we drew it up in the end, but we've talked about resiliency for a while now," Nasreddine said. "At 3-2, it was not a good way to go down, but the guys found a way, we tied it up and then found a way to get two points in the end."

Damon Severson's point shot went off the post and laid in the crease, but Hogberg kicked it into his own net to give the Devils a 1-0 lead at 8:23 of the first period.

Tyler Ennis scored after Brady Tkachuk made a pass between his legs during a power play to tie it 1-1 at 18:42.

Video: NJD@OTT: Ennis finishes feed from Tkachuk for PPG

Kevin Rooney gave the Devils a 2-1 lead when he scored on a wraparound at 4:28 of the second period.

With Tkachuk in the penalty box for high sticking, Namestnikov elected to shoot and scored on a shorthanded 2-on-1 at 9:06 of the third to tie it 2-2. On the same penalty kill, Tierney slid a backhand deke past Blackwood to give the Senators a 3-2 lead at 9:41.

Hogberg made 19 saves in the third period and four in overtime, but Nikita Gusev and Jack Hughes scored in the shootout and Blackwood made back-to-back saves against Anthony Duclair and Drake Batherson.

Video: NJD@OTT: Gusev beats Hogberg in shootout

"It speaks to how good the goalies are in this league," Hughes said. "You need to be dialed in, ready to score when you get the puck. That guy played really well tonight. Luckily we got three on him, and in the shootout we kind of capitalized."


They said it

"We're a young team, we're growing, obviously. Guys are a little bit more experienced now; I've played 41 games now, so I'm seeing a little bit more. It was important for us to come back and get that win." -- Devils center Jack Hughes

"I like when it's a lot of shots. I had a lot of fun out there." -- Senators goalie Marcus Hogberg


Need to know

It was Blackwood's first win since Jan. 2, when he made 29 saves in a 2-1 victory at the New York Islanders. … Prior to Monday, the Senators rookie record for saves in one game was 47, set by three goalies (Mike Bales, Robin Lehner and Darrin Madeley, who did it twice). … Ottawa was one second away from its record for two shorthanded goals (34 seconds against the Islanders on Dec. 27, 2001).


What's next

Devils: Host the Nashville Predators on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVAS, NHL.TV)

Senators: At the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, MSG-B, TSN5, RDS, NHL.TV)

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