LOS ANGELES — Erik Haula, Nikita Okhotiuk and Ryan Graves scored within the second interval, and the New Jersey Devils grew to become the primary NHL group to win 17 of its first 20 street video games by defeating the Los Angeles Kings 5-2 on Saturday evening.
Tomas Tatar had a power-play aim, Jesper Bratt scored an empty-netter and Jack Hughes had two assists because the shocking Devils improved to 17-2-1 on the street, together with six straight wins. Mackenzie Blackwood made 34 saves, stopping a penalty shot by Kevin Fiala within the third interval.
Fiala and Anze Kopitar scored on the ability play, however Jonathan Fast allowed 4 targets on 27 pictures and the Kings had their three-game successful streak snapped.
The Devils broke the sport open with three targets within the second after each groups discovered the again on the web on the ability play within the first.
Tomas Tatar celebrates after scoring a aim through the Devils’ 5-2 win over the Kings.NHLI by way of Getty Pictures
Haula scored on a 2-on-1 rush 2:37 into the interval to present New Jersey a 2-1 lead.
Kopitar tied it at 6:48 by tipping Drew Doughty’s shot from the blue line, however the Devils regained the lead 52 seconds later when Okhotiuk beat Fast beneath his proper blocker on a protracted shot.
Graves made it 4-2 with 9:03 to go when his shot from the left level took an surprising redirect off the skate of defenseman Sean Walker.
New Jersey coach Lindy Ruff isn’t any stranger to success on the street. His 2006-07 Buffalo Sabres had been certainly one of 5 groups in league historical past to win 15 of their first 19 street video games, a mark Ruff’s Devils surpassed with their 6-2 victory at Anaheim on Friday.
Buffalo ended up going 25-12-4 on the street and successful the Presidents’ Trophy earlier than shedding to Ottawa within the Japanese Convention Finals.