Devils top Oilers, tying franchise-record 13 straight wins IG News

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The young New Jersey Devils are making a name for themselves in the team record books.

Nico Hischier had three assists as the Devils beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 on Monday night to match a franchise mark with their 13th consecutive win.

“I think we’re up there with the history book,” Hischier said. “Nobody’s going to take that from us anymore and it feels good. It proves we’re a good team, that we can win hockey games, we don’t have to hide anymore.”

New Jersey is now four wins short of the 1992/93 Pittsburgh Penguins’ record of 17 straight wins.

Jesper Bratt, Dawson Mercer, Damon Severson, Tomas Tatar and Yegor Sharangovich scored for the Devils, who haven’t lost since Oct. 24 against Washington. Vitek Vanecek made 27 saves for New Jersey.

“It’s a great win,” said Bratt, who led the team with 24 points. “So everything around the rink and being with people and playing these important games. It means a lot, and winning is the best thing in hockey.”

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Tomas Tatar scored a nifty goal to help New Jersey to a 5–2 victory over the Oilers.

The Devils still have three quarters of the season left, but they are on track to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2017–18 season.

Coach Lindy Ruff said, “We’ve put in a great performance. We know we’re in the hunt now.” “We know we’re going to expect probably the best every team can bring because we’re getting recognition. So we have to deal with that part. But 19 games in you can’t say, ‘We sent a message. . league.'”

Leon Drasital and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored for the Oilers, as New Jersey was defeated twice during its run. Stuart Skinner made 23 saves, but had his stick dislodged by Hischier early in the second period to set up the go-ahead goal by Mercer into a wide-open net.

“Obviously a tough game. Tough loss,” Skinner said. “They’re obviously a great team. They’re obviously still hot. They have some great players that make some great plays and it was tough to lose, especially two in a row to these guys. But we all make our mistakes.” We can learn from and move forward.”

Severson scored on a counter-attack minutes later to make the margin 3–1.

Edmonton pushed on early in the third. Nugent-Hopkins cut it to 3–2 at 4:52 and had a close chance to tie it, only to be stopped by Vanacek, who improved to 9–1.

Tatar gave the Devils breathing room about a minute later, volleying down the rebound of Mercer’s shot and beating Skinner. Sharangovich added an insurance goal with 5:15 to go.

Jack Hughes had two assists for the Devils.

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