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Devils Notes: Boyle's Hat Trick, First Road Win, Plus/Minus

John Schweibacher
November 06, 2018 - 8:24 am

The New Jersey Devils snapped a three-game losing streak with their first road win of the season, a 5-1 victory over the Penguins Monday night in Pittsburgh.

Brian Boyle scored his first career hat trick in the win, the first for New Jersey since Miles Wood's three-goal game at Chicago back on November 12th, 2017.

It was the ninth time a Devils player scored at least three goals in a game against the Penguins:

  1/07/84  NJD 7 at Pit 4  Bobby MacMillan 

10/31/84  Pit 7 at NJD 6  Uli Hiemer 

10/29/86  NJD 8 at Pit 6  Kirk Muller 

  3/31/87  Pit 3 at NJD 5  Perry Anderson 

  1/28/88  Pit 6 at NJD 6  John MacLean 

10/28/00  NJD 9 at Pit 0  Randy McKay (4) 

10/28/00  NJD 9 at Pit 0  John Madden  (4) 

  4/05/06  NJD 6 at Pit 4  Patrik Elias 

  11/5/18  NJD 5 at Pit 1  Brian Boyle

Will Butcher had one goal and two assists in the win over the Penguins, matching his career high with three points set in his NHL debut vs. Colorado back on October 7th, 2017.

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The Devils were shut out for the first time this season, 3-0, by the Islanders Saturday night in Brooklyn.

Thomas Greiss made 35 saves in the win, his second career shutout vs. New Jersey and the seventh all-time for the Islanders in a home game against the Devils:

11/3/18   NJD 0 at NYI 3  Thomas Greiss 35 saves

12/13/15 NJD 0 at NYI 4  Thomas Greiss 27 saves

3/4/12     NJD 0 at NYI 1  Anders Nilsson 24 saves

11/26/10 NJD 0 at NYI 2  Rick DiPietro 29 saves

1/18/10   NJD 0 at NYI 4  Rick DiPietro 20 saves

2/21/09   NJD 0 at NYI 4  Yann Danis 40 saves

4/15/92   NJD 0 at NYI 7  Glenn Healy 22 saves

The Devils have now been shut out 43 times since the start of the 2012-13 season, the second most in the NHL:

Buffalo        45

New Jersey  43

Edmonton    42

Arizona        40

Vancouver   39

The Devils were defeated by the Red Wings, 4-3, last Thursday night at Little Caesars Arena in their first of three head-to-head contests of the 2018-19 regular season 

Detroit scored two shorthanded goals in the win; Justin Abdelkader’s go-ahead goal in the 3rd period and Trevor Daley’s empty-netter with New Jersey on the power-play with :43 seconds remaining.

The last time the Devils allowed two shorthanded goals in the same game was back on February 11th, 2018 in a 5-3 loss to the Bruins in Newark.

According to the team game finder on, the only other time the Red Wings scored two shorthanded goals against the Devils in franchise history came in an 8-3 win against the Kansas City Scouts back on January 14th, 1976 at the Detroit Olympia.

The Devils were defeated by the Lightning 8-3, last Tuesday night in Tampa in their first matchup since Tampa Bay eliminated New Jersey in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals back in April.

The Devils had not faced a team that they were beaten by in the previous post-season since 2010-11 when they played the Philadelphia Flyers.

The eight goals against were the most allowed by New Jersey since an 8-3 loss to the Penguins back on October 28th, 2014 at Pittsburgh.

The eight goals were the most ever scored by the Lightning in a game vs. the Devils. The previous high was six, in a 6-3 Tampa Bay win at the Meadowlands back on October 26th, 2005.

Brayden Point had five points (one goal and four assists) for the Lightning in the win over the Devils. The last opposing player with a five point game vs. New Jersey was Artemi Panarin, who assisted on all five goals in a 5-3 Columbus win on December 8th, 2017. 

No player has had more than five points in a game against the Devils since Mario Lemieux had eight (five goals and three assists) in an 8-6 Penguins win at Pittsburgh on December 31st, 1988.


Plus: Promoted. Joey Anderson. Devils rookie picked up his first career point with an assist in the win over Pittsburgh.

Minus. Demoted. Pavel Zacha, who had no points in 10 games, was sent down to Binghamton of the AHL.