Freakish 3-on-5 goal helps Devils beat Leafs, remain unbeaten


"We were watching the game live on TV and his release is so quick and so hard to read coming off his stick". That's what we deserved tonight.

The key moment came late in the period after the Devils took two minor penalties on one play. The New Jersey Devils put up the only big numbers that mattered - on the scoreboard. Reigning Calder Trophy recipient Auston Matthews has plenty of reason to be confident after scoring the overtime victor in Monday's 4-3 victory over Chicago and shredding New Jersey for six points (three goals, three assists) in three meetings last season.

The MSG Network commentator said that New Jersey (2-0-0) started out similarly hot in 2014 before fizzling off and eventually firing head coach Peter DeBoer before Christmas.

LW James van Riemsdyk, 28, of Middletown, is in the final season of a six-year, $25.5 million deal and it's unclear whether the Maple Leafs will be able to afford to re-sign him.

Babcock said he didn't know if he had ever seen a 3-on-5 goal before.

The Leafs did convert on a 5-on-3 advantage in the third period when Auston Matthews scored at the right post at 13:34 of the third period to cut the Devils' lead to 5-3, but Zacha tipped in a John Moore shot at 17:21 for his second seal the win.

Which means van Riemsdyk is spending a lot of time sitting at his locker being asked about his contract status by the Toronto media. Frederik Andersen will get the start versus New Jersey, against which he owns a 3-0-0 mark with a.949 save percentage in his career.

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Both teams had good scoring chances early but Andersen and Schneider held firm. Nazem Kadri has two power-play goals this season and recorded four points in three encounters in 2016-17 against the Devils.

Toronto came into the contest having scored 19 goals through its first three games to start the season, second highest in franchise history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

After Van Riemsdyk opened the scoring on the power play at 8:33, New Jersey answered with two Wood goals before Moore tied it up at 2-2. Van Riemsdyk was in the box for slashing.

The Devils have 16 goals in their three outings, one off the franchise record set in 1991-92.

No. 1 overall pick Nico Hischier was between the two Swedes on the Devils' second line.

In Denver, Sven Andrighetto had two goals, the second an empty-netter with 1:34 remaining, and Alexander Kerfoot had his first National Hockey League goal for Colorado. Rookie defenceman Will Butcher had two assists to push his points total to five.