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Devils top Maple Leafs to remain undefeated

12 Octobre 2017

There is one undefeated team left in the Eastern Conference.

Home ice has been the deciding factor of late between New Jersey and Toronto - and that bodes well for the red-hot Maple Leafs, who look for their fourth straight win to open the season as they host the Devils on Wednesday night.

Adam Henrique started a rush before Gibbons poked in a rebound for a 3-on-5 short-handed goal 10 seconds into the penalty kill, and the Devils kept the Leafs out of the net for the full two minutes to get back to even strength.

Trailing 3-2 in the second period, the Leafs were presented with a golden scoring opportunity with a two-minute 5-on-3 power play in the second period.

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"The Devils started out with 11 goals in their first two games". The loss was the Maple Leafs' first of 2017.

Wood deflected a Steven Santini shot 34 seconds later to tie the game 1-1, and Wood gave the Devils a 2-1 lead when he raced through the neutral zone to grab a loose puck on a breakaway. The goals were Wood's ninth and tenth of his career in only his 63rd game.

But New Jersey's Pavel Zacha scored a power play goal just over 10 minutes into the second period to retake the lead and the Devils added to their advantage when Brian Gibbons scored six minutes later with his team shorthanded two men. His power-play goal was set up by passes from Jesper Bratt and Marcus Johansson, and it marked Zacha' first shot of the season.

The two highest scoring teams through the opening few days of the National Hockey League season met on Monday, and Auston Matthews played the hero.

Devils top Maple Leafs to remain undefeated