Toffoli's Hat Trick Propels Devils to Victory Over Canadiens



Toffoli’s Hat Trick Propels Devils to Victory Over Canadiens

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In a commanding performance, Tyler Toffoli secured a hat trick for the New Jersey Devils, sealing a 5-2 victory against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre. Toffoli’s final goal came as an empty-netter in the last 26 seconds, marking his fifth NHL hat trick.

Jack Hughes showcased exceptional playmaking skills with four assists, while Vitek Vanecek demonstrated his prowess with 27 saves for New Jersey (3-1-1), who capitalized on 2 of 4 power play opportunities.

Toffoli praised Hughes’ game-changing abilities, highlighting how he creates space and eases pressure for the team. The Devils currently lead the NHL with an impressive 44.0 percent success rate on power plays, converting 11 out of 25 chances.

Montreal’s Justin Barron continued his scoring streak with a goal, providing the Canadiens an early lead at 5:49 in the first period. Alexander Holtz responded for the Devils, leveling the score at 1-1 during a net-front scramble at 13:24.

Toffoli broke the deadlock, making it 2-1 at 18:22 in the second period, capitalizing on a turnover by the Canadiens. Nico Hischier further extended the lead to 3-1 with a power-play goal just 34 seconds into the third period, with Hughes earning his third consecutive assist on Toffoli’s subsequent power-play goal at 7:17, making it 4-1.

Mike Matheson brought the Canadiens within striking distance at 4-2 with an impressive end-to-end rush, taking advantage of a 6-on-4 situation with Primeau pulled for an extra attacker at 10:35.

Canadiens coach Martin St. Louis commended Primeau’s performance, emphasizing his resilience against a formidable Devils offense. St. Louis also praised his team’s refusal to quit, citing it as a crucial habit for success.

The Devils’ head coach Lindy Ruff acknowledged the team’s dedication to their power play strategy, emphasizing the importance of capitalizing on opportunities.

Overall, the Devils’ cohesive performance and strategic execution secured their third win of the season, positioning them as a formidable force in the NHL.


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