Game Recap: New Jersey Devils vs. Winnipeg Jets | 3/21/2024

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The Prudential Center was alive with anticipation last night as the New Jersey Devils faced off against the Winnipeg Jets in what promised to be an exciting game. With the recent trade sending Tyler Toffoli and Colin Miller to the Jets, there was an extra edge to the game.

The first period was a bit slow, with both teams feeling each other out and testing the waters. Despite some close calls and intense moments, the scoreboard remained untouched as the clock ticked down to the end of the opening frame. But hey, slow starts are just opportunities for dramatic comebacks, right?

And boy, did the Devils come back with a vengeance in the second period. With the power play in their favor, Jack Hughes wasted no time in capitalizing on the power play, burying a shot past the Jets’ goaltender only a few minutes into the power play. That marked the third consecutive game where the Devils have struck first, which was something the team has been struggling with most of the season.

As the third period unfolded, the Jets refused to let the Devils maintain their lead. Ehlers leveled the score momentarily putting the pressure on the Devils but at the start of the third Captian Nico scored from right in front of the net.

But wait, there’s more! Jack Hughes wasn’t done yet. He scored another power play goal, showing why he’s the go-to guy in those situations. When it comes to working the power play, Jack’s got it down pat. The next time you get to see him on the power play take the time to sit and just watch what he does. His timing and accuracy are just spot on.

We also can’t forget about the guy orchestrating these scoring opportunities: Luke Hughes. He was the standout player of the game, contributing assists to three of the goals. With those assists, the rookie officially notches 40 points this season.

With the clock winding down and the Jets pulling their goalie for the extra attacker, it was time for the Devils to seal the deal. And who better to do it than Timo Meier, who buried an empty-netter, putting the game out of reach for the Jets and securing the 4-1 victory for the Devils.

This win had a lot to deal with the newest addition in between the pipes, Jake Allen. He made some jaw-dropping saves throughout the game, earning the admiration of fans and teammates alike. With only one loss in the four games he’s played since joining the Devils, it’s clear that Allen is already making a big impact.

As the final horn sounded and the three stars of the game were announced, it was a well-deserved honor for Jack Hughes, Luke Hughes, and Nico Hischier. Their stellar contributions led the Devils to a crucial victory, bringing them within distance of a wild card spot. With the momentum on their side, the Devils are now just 6 points away from clinching that position.

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