Schwei's Devils Notes: Bounce-Back Win Against Canadiens And More

John Schweibacher
February 05, 2019 - 8:59 am
Feb 2, 2019; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) celebrates his goal against Montreal Canadiens with teammates during the third period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports



The Devils lost their first match-up of the season against their old rivals the Rangers last week but bounced back with a win over the Montreal Canadiens thanks to a couple of their youngsters.

Nico Hischier scored the game-winner at 1:56 of overtime after tying the game midway through the third period as the Devils beat the Canadiens, 3-2, this past Saturday afternoon in Montreal.

It was sixth regular season overtime victory for New Jersey vs. Montreal in club history.


2/2/19 -- NJD 3 at Mtl 2  Nico Hischier

11/28/15 -- NJD 3 at Mtl 2  John Moore

1/9/10 -- NJD 2 at Mtl 1  Zach Parise

12/6/08 -- NJD 2 at Mtl 1  Zach Parise

12/6/06 -- Mtl 1 at NJD 2  Patrik Elias

10/23/97 -- Mtl 1 at NJD 2  Petr Sykora


Hischier, who scored an overtime goal three weeks before turning 20 years old back on December 14th in Newark to beat Vegas, 5-4, is now the youngest player in club history to have two OT winners in the same season.

Kirk Muller, at 23 years old, scored overtime goals vs. the Rangers and Flyers in the 1989-90 season and Zach Parise, also at 23, scored in sudden-death against the Penguins and Islanders during the 2007-08 season.

Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 37 of 39 Montreal shots in the overtime win.

Blackwood, at age 22, became the second-youngest goalie to win a regular season overtime game for the Devils.

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Sean Burke, at age 21, was in goal for a 7-6 OT victory vs. the Bruins at Boston Garden on March 5th, 1988.

Martin Brodeur’s first career OT win came in the post-season, a 4-3, double overtime win vs. the Rangers in Game 1 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals nine days after Brodeur’s 22nd birthday.

The Devils lost to the Rangers, 4-3, last Thursday night at Prudential Center in the first meeting of the season between the cross-river rivals.

Mika Zibanejad capped his second career hat trick with the winning goal for the Rangers with 4:36 to play in the third period.

It was seventh regular season hat trick for a Rangers player against the Devils:


1/31/19 -- Mika Zibanajad    NYR 4 at NJD 3   Kinkaid

12/27/14 -- Derek Stepan        NJD 1 at NYR 3  Schneider

1/06/01 -- Jan Hlavac            NJD 5 at NYR 5  Brodeur

3/22/92 -- Mark Messier (4)  NJD 3 at NYR 6  Erickson

12/26/86  -- Kelly Kisio            NYR 7 at NJD 4  McLean

10/25/84 -- Anders Hedberg    NYR 11 at NJD 2 Kamppuri

3/22/84 -- Pierre Larouche     NYR 5 at NJD 3   Resch


Two of Zibanajad’s three goals came on the power play. The last Ranger with at least two power play goals in a game vs. the Devils was Aaron Voros, who scored twice with the man-advantage for New York in a 4-1 victory over New Jersey at Madison Square Garden on October 13th, 2008.

The initial match-up between the two clubs was the deepest into a season that was not delayed by a work-stoppage.

Prior to this season, the latest a first Devils/Rangers game on the schedule took place was in 2011-12, when the two clubs did not play vs. each other until December 20th.

That game began with a pair of fights (Cam Janssen vs. ex-Devil Mike Rupp and David Clarkson vs. Brandon Dubinsky) and 10-minute misconduct penalties for Eric Boulton and Ryan Callahan within the first 1:47 of the opening period of an eventual 4-1 Rangers’ victory.

Last Thursday night’s game was the Devils’ 50th of the season. With the regulation loss, New Jersey’s 45 points were tied for the club’s seventh-fewest through 50 games since relocation from Colorado for the 1982-83 NHL season:


1983-84:   10-35-5    25 pts.

1982-83:   10-29-11  31 pts.

1985-86:   15-33-2    32 pts.

1984-85:   16-29-5    37 pts.

2010-11:  17-30-3    37 pts.

1988-89:  18-24-8    44 pts.

2018-19:  19-24-7    45 pts.

1986-87:  20-25-5    45 pts.



Plus: Just Super. With their win Saturday afternoon, the Devils are now 7-1-1 in games played on Super Bowl weekend since the 2010-11 season.

Minus: Bye Bye Blackwood. With Cory Schneider ready to return to New Jersey now that his conditioning stint over, Mackenzie Blackwood will go back to Binghamton to play regularly for the Devils' AHL club.