Jack Hughes Snipes Top Shelf For Beautiful Power-Play Goal

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  • Barrett Hayton scored his first NHL goal, and the Arizona Coyotes rallied for a 5-3 win against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Friday.
  • Hayton, the No. 5 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, scored on a 2-on-1 with Nick Schmaltz 1:45 into the third period to give the Coyotes a 4-3 lead.

“It’s definitely a pretty cool experience,” Hayton said. “It’s something that I dreamed of for the longest time, and it was a great play by [Schmaltz]. There was a turnover in the neutral zone, and he got it with speed on the 2-on-1 and widened out, made a little fake, and pushed it around their defenseman, and I was just going to the net.”

  • Schmaltz and Oliver Ekman-Larsson each had a goal and an assist, and Antti Raanta made 32 saves for the Coyotes (6-3-1), who have won six of their past eight games.

“I don’t know if it was pretty, but we found a way and everybody battled hard,” Ekman-Larsson said. “Some nights, it’s going to be games like that, but good teams find a way to win. I feel like we’re a good team. We stuck with it and battled really hard.”

  • Jack Hughes had a goal and two assists for his first multipoint game in the NHL, and Mackenzie Blackwood made 12 saves for the Devils (2-5-2), who outshot Arizona 35-17.

“I think tonight was a game I felt pretty good, obviously,” Hughes said. “It would have been nice for the team to win. We played a really good hockey game, made a few mistakes. That’s not a good loss, but I felt good out there at times, I felt confident.”

Facts:

  • Hayton was in the lineup replacing forward Brad Richardson, who sustained a lower-body injury against the Islanders. …
  • Grabner’s shorthanded goal was his 22nd in the NHL, the second most among active NHL players behind Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand (26). …
  • Schmaltz has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his past eight games. …
  • New Jersey is 15-for-15 on the penalty kill in its past three games. …
  • Hughes has five points (two goals, three assists) during a three-game point streak and became the fifth 18-year-old in Devils/Colorado Rockies/Kansas City Scouts history to score at least one goal in consecutive team games. …
  • Devils center Nico Hischier had no shots on goal and was minus-2 in 13:14 of ice time in his return to the lineup after missing the previous two games because of an upper-body injury.
Sources & Credits: Mike G. Morreale / NHL.com, Arizona Coyotes, NJ Devils
NHL Highlights | Coyotes vs. Devils – Oct. 25, 2019

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