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Taylor Hall sends Devils past Canucks in overtime

Forward scores on 2-on-1 rush with 3:32 left for New Jersey

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall is finally getting used to low-scoring games.

Hall scored his second straight game-winning goal with 3:32 left in overtime to help the Devils to a 2-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Sunday.

Travis Zajac broke up a 2-on-1 at the other end and sent Hall the other way on an odd-man rush. Hall had defenseman Damon Severson streaking down the left wing with him but kept the puck and beat Jacob Markstrom cleanly from the right faceoff dot.

"It's all [Zajac] getting back there and creating another turnover," Hall said, "And on that 2-on-1 when both guys have a lot of speed it's tough for Damon to pivot and open up for a one-timer there so I thought the play was to shoot and just tried to get a shot off as quickly as possible and luckily it looked like I surprised him a bit."

 

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Kyle Quincey also scored and Cory Schneider made 21 saves for the Devils (18-18-9), who have consecutive wins and points in four of the past five games (2-1-2).

Hall also scored the winning goal in a 2-1 victory against the Calgary Flames on Friday, has points in three straight games, and is adjusting in his first season with the Devils after spending his first six with the Edmonton Oilers.

"It's coming," Hall said. "It's not natural for me to play in those types of situations but we're getting results … We're going to be a team that wins low-scoring games so any goal, any chance we get, we got to bury it."

Video: NJD@VAN: Hall snaps OT winner past Markstrom

Loui Eriksson scored and Markstrom made 20 saves for the Canucks (20-19-6), who have a point in three straight but are winless in four (0-1-3) since having their six-game winning streak end.

"We've got to find a way to win and it's unfortunate the last few games have gone the way they have," forward Brandon Sutter said. "We've been right there."

Eriksson made it 1-0 at 6:31 of the second period but Quincey scored his first goal in 27 games to tie it 1-1 with 3:03 left in the period when his point shot was tipped by a Canucks forward and beat Markstrom high blocker side.

Blake Coleman appeared to put the Devils ahead with 4:07 left by banking a shot in off Markstrom from behind the net, but the Canucks successfully challenged because Hall was offside 17 seconds before the puck went in.

 

Goal of the game

Henrik Sedin made a perfect pass from behind the net to Eriksson alone in the low right slot and his one-time shot beat Schneider over the blocker but the puck hit the back bar and bounced out so fast it was waved off on the ice. A review confirmed the puck went in, giving Sedin 998 NHL points as he closes in on becoming the first player to reach 1,000 points with the Canucks.

Video: NJD@VAN: Eriksson roofs puck on quick shot in close

 

Save of the game

Sutter had a shorthanded breakaway with 7:12 left in the third period but Schneider stayed with his deke and stopped the backhand shot with his blocker.

Video: NJD@VAN: Schneider stones Sutter on a breakaway

 

Unsung performance of the game

Devils defenseman Ben Lovejoy played a game-high 26:33, including 4:40 on a penalty kill that was 3-for-3. The Canucks were held without a shot on a man-advantage with 7:51 left in the third period.

 

Highlight of the game

Devante Smith-Pelly's shot from the right faceoff circle trickled through Markstrom but the goalie reached back with his glove to stop it just before it crossed the goal line.

Video: NJD@VAN: Markstrom dives back to prevent a goal

 

They said it

"It might have been a slower-paced or a tighter-checking game but that's not necessarily a bad thing for us. We're comfortable in those games, especially the way our D stepped up without Andy [Greene] and John Moore and Yohann [Auvitu], it's been impressive how they have played as a unit." -- Devils goalie Cory Schneider

 

"I said at the start of the year that if we wanted to make the playoffs we needed our power play. I believe that. And none of those guys are happy with the way it's going. But they are our best group. Shuffling it up and mixing it up will take 3-4 games to gel. I'm not going to change for 3 or 4 games. We're all frustrated. The top of the organization all the way through." -- Canucks coach Willie Desjardins on the power play, which was 0-for-3

 

Need to know

Devils center Sergey Kalinin was considered a game-time decision but did not play for a second straight game after blocking a shot against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday.

 

What's next

Canucks: Host the Nashville Predators on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; SNP, FS-TN, NHL.TV)

Devils: At the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-WI, MSG+, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Hall's overtime goal lifts Devils past Canucks, 2-1

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