Devils battle back in shootout win

It took a while, but the score was finally settled between the Devils and Canucks on Friday night.

After New Jersey scored two goals in the third period to tie the game at two an overtime period still couldn’t settle the draw. On to the shootout it was, and in the seventh round of the shootout, it was Damon Severson – the boy from Western Canada – who downed the Canucks with the game-winning shootout goal.

Here are 10 takeaways from the game:

1. The first period didn’t give much by way of offence, but the Devils did a good job at managing the game’s opening period. The Devils held the Canucks to just six shots on Mackenzie Blackwood while firing 13 of their own at Canucks Jacob Markstrom. Vancouver’s first shot of the game came after 6:30 of play to open the game. Along with holding Vancouver to just six shots, they did so while the Canucks were awarded two power plays. New Jersey killed off both Vancouver man-advantages and them to just two shots on their opportunities.

2. Stefan Noesen nearly outshot the entire Canucks team in the first period. Noesen made the most of his 3:48 in first period ice time with five of the Devils’ 13 shots on net. After 20 minutes of play, he led both rosters in shots on goal. The 26-year-old, in one single period, surpassed his season-high game total of four shots on net, that he reached back in November against the Detroit Red Wings.

3. For Noesen, the game marked the 150th of his career, with all but 14 of the games being played with New Jersey. The Plano, Texas native started his career with the Anaheim Ducks during the 2014-15 NHL season. He would end the night with seven shots on net for a season-best.

4. Shots were certainly more difficult for the entire New Jersey roster to come by in the second, than they were in the first. After one period of play, New Jersey had the 13 to 6 shot advantage. In the second period, the Devils were held to just four shots and twice had to defend a Canucks power play which went 1-for-2 in the period and 2-for-3 overall.

5. Kevin Rooney took little time to clean up a rebound in front of Jacob Markstrom early in the third period to cut Vancouver’s lead to 2-1. Rooney was parked in front of Markstrom and with the Devils putting the pressure on with some urgency, Rooney found a rebound off a Connor Carrick shot to put New Jersey on the board by flipping the puck up and over Markstrom while in close.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Rooney cleans up a rebound to make it a one-goal game.

Rooney is up to six goals this season.

6. Assists on the Rooney goal went to Connor Carrick and Kenny Agostino. For Agostino, he stretched his point streak to four straight games with three goals and two assists over that span. As for Carrick, he collects an assist in a third straight game for three points in three games. 

7. Noesen really took his first line minutes to heart against Vancouver. He scored the Devils second goal of the third period just the way Rooney did. He too scooped up a rebound with 13:34 left in the game to tie the game at two.

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Eric Tangradi and Will Butcher earned the assists.

8. For Eric Tangradi, the assist was his first NHL point since March 31st, 2014.

9. Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood was back in net after giving up nine goals on 39 shots to the Calgary Flames earlier in the week. He continues to trade goaltending duties with Cory Schneider. Against the Canucks, Blackwood made 31 saves on 33 shots, including two in the overtime period. He went on to stop six of seven shooters in the shootout to post the victory.

10. There’s just one more stop on the Devils six-game road trip. The team will make a stop in Denver on Sunday for a matinee matchup before they finally return home to New Jersey. The Devils take on the Avalanche, before a string of four consecutive games at home in Prudential Center. 

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