Hot New Jersey Devils vanquish Detroit Red Wings 3-1
By TOM CANAVAN
AP Sports Writer
NEWARK, N.J. — There seems to be no stopping the surprising New Jersey Devils these days, especially on home ice.
Top overall draft pick Nico Hischier scored two goals in the first period and the Devils extended their season-high winning streak to five games, all at home, with a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.
“We’re not too worried about the streak,” said goaltender Cory Schneider, who made 31 saves. “I think we’re just worried about protecting home ice.”
New Jersey sealed the game by killing off all five Red Wings’ power plays in extending Detroit’s losing streak to three games. Sami Vatanen provided the clincher, scoring into an empty net with 23 seconds to play.
Justin Abdelkader scored for Detroit, which outshot New Jersey 25-19 in the final two periods. Jimmy Howard made 29 saves for the Red Wings, who are 3-8-5 since Nov. 19.
“We can’t feel bad for ourselves,” Abdeldaker said. “We play again in two days so we have to find a way. We are doing good things but we have to do them for 60 minutes.”
Abdelkader scored from the right circle at 8:09 of the second period after the Red Wings had sustained pressure in the New Jersey zone.