After a five-game absence, Jack Hughes’ return to the New Jersey Devils lineup didn’t necessarily go according to plan, as they lost 5-3 to the New York Rangers on Saturday at the Prudential Center.
The good news is that this upper body injury hasn’t slowed him down. The big star of the Devils scored a bizarre goal in the middle of the first period, and she also added an assist. In his net, the puck found its way over the goal post in slow motion after passing through Igor Šesterkin.
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Additionally, it was Artemi Panarin who stole the show. In fact, the Russian scored two goals, just like his teammate Jimmy Vesey, and was chosen as the first star of the match. Ondrej Palat and Erik Haula are the other two New Jersey players who responded.
The Rangers will face the Dallas Stars on Monday. As for the Devils, they will travel to Detroit on Wednesday to take on the Red Wings.
For Gaudreau, the hunger is over
After seven games without a goal, Johnny Gaudreau finally scored in the Columbus Blue Jackets’ 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals.
Recall that the 30-year-old forward was fined by his head coach Pascal Vincent during his team’s loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday. The first city was not used during the last 6 minutes and 15 seconds of the game.
On Saturday, it was Gaudreau who opened the scoring, but his club ran into trouble again shortly after allowing three unanswered goals in the second period. Moreover, Quebec’s Hendrix Lapierre scored the winning goal. He finished the evening with three points, thanks to two assists.
Alexander Ovechkin, Aliaksei Protas and Sonny Milano were the other scorers for the Capitals.
This loss is the eighth in a row for the Blue Jackets, and in the last 13 meetings they have only one win.
Avalanche is fighting against the Stars
Despite starting the game completely in their favor, the Dallas Stars lost 6 to 3 against the Colorado Avalanche.
The Stars led 3-0 after 22:12 of the game, but that’s when everything collapsed. Miles Wood scored midway through the second period for the Avalanche, before Ryan Johansen brought his team within one goal of the home favorites.
However, four goals scored in the last match allowed Jared Bednar’s players to save two victory points. Valeri Nichushkin, Mikko Rantanen, Andrew Cogliano and Ross Colton were the scorers in the third period.
Tyler Seguin scored twice and Joe Pavelski hit the ropes for Dallas.