NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Taylor Hall made his new fans in New Jersey very happy with two power-play goals in a 4:11 span in the second period and the Devils posted their first win, a 2-1 decision over the road-weary and penalty-plagued Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night.
Cory Schneider had 23 saves and forced the Ducks’ Chris Wagner to lose control of the puck on a second-period penalty shot as New Jersey snapped a five-game losing streak against Anaheim in its home opener.
Sami Vatanen scored on a power play for Anaheim, which is 0-3-1 in its five-game trip to start the season. John Gibson made 26 saves for Ducks, who played shorthanded seven times.
Hall, the former No. 1 overall draft pick who was acquired in a major trade with Edmonton in late June, tied the game at 1-all, putting the rebound of a shot by Mike Cammalleri into an open net at 12:35. It came after Anaheim killed off the opening part of a two-man advantage only to see New Jersey score 5-on-4.
Hall’s second goal came on a great deflection of a point shot by defenseman Damon Severson at 16:41. Gibson never had a chance.
Wagner got his penalty shot near the end of the period but lost control of the puck after making a move on Schneider.
Anaheim got a late power play but could not convert.
Vatanen had given Anaheim the lead at 9:03 of the first period with a shot from the right circle. The Ducks never let the Devils clear the puck out of their zone after Kyle Palmieri was called for tripping at 7:15.
New Jersey was 0 for 5 on the power play in its first two games in Florida against the Panthers and Lightning.
Devils rookie defenseman Johann Auvitu lost an apparent game-tying goal early in the second period when Reid Boucher was whistled for a high stick against defenseman Kevin Bieksa seconds before the puck went in the net.
NOTES: Devils F Sergey Kalinin (illness) is practicing again. He was placed on IR before the season. … Vatanen’s goal gave him 100 NHL career points. … The game opened with a short fight between the Devils’ Vernon Fiddler and the Ducks’ Ryan Kesler. … Adam Henrique and Devante Smith-Pelly seemed to hit goal posts in the first period.
DUCKS: at Philadelphia on Thursday night before heading home.
DEVILS: visit Boston Thursday night.
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