BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Dan Marr will never forget the first time Jack Hughes landed on his radar as a potential top NHL draft prospect.
It happened last summer, when the NHL Central Scouting...
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — NHL MVP Taylor Hall missed the second half of the New Jersey Devils' disappointing season because doctors couldn't determine the cause of the pain in his left...
Devils’ Taylor Hall has knee surgery; rest of season unclear
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — NHL MVP Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, but it's unclear if the left wing will play again this season.
Blackwood stops 40 shots in 1st win, Devils beat Bruins 5-2
BOSTON (AP) — Mackenzie Blackwood hardly looked like a rookie in net for New Jersey.
Blackwood stopped 40 shots for his first NHL victory, Blake Coleman scored twice and the Devils beat the Boston Bruins 5-2 on Thursday night.
Blackwood had plenty of help, even with leading scorer Taylor Hall out of the lineup, as the Devils took the lead 25 seconds into the game on a goal by Damon Severson.
Blue Jackets blank Devils for 4th straight win
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — When Taylor Hall was asked in the offseason who is the toughest goalie to play against, he'd say Sergei Bobrovsky.
Maybe he's just that for the Devils, or maybe he actually is. This season, it's been a combination of both.
Bobrovsky made 39 saves, Artemi Panarin had a goal and an assist, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the New Jersey Devils 3-0 on Sunday for their fourth consecutive victory.
Hall has 2 goals, 2 assists as slumping Devils beat Senators
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — With the New Jersey Devils sinking fast in the Eastern Conference, their top line of Taylor Hall, Kyle Palmieri and Nico Hischier came to the rescue as one would expect.
The Devils got the unexpected, too, in beating the Ottawa Senators 5-2 on Friday night.
Sprong, Getzlaf lead Ducks past Devils 6-5 in shootout
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Three Anaheim goals in regulation deflected in off opposing players. When the game went to a shootout and New Jersey's Taylor Hall had a chance to tie it, his shot ricocheted off the crossbar.
That left an opening for Ryan Getzlaf, who followed Daniel Sprong's earlier goal in the shootout with a nifty wrist shot to give the Ducks a wild 6-5 victory Sunday over the Devils.
Zacha scores twice, Devils beat Canadiens 5-2
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Pavel Zacha is back from the minor leagues and brimming with confidence.
Zacha scored twice, Taylor Hall had a goal and an assist, and the New Jersey Devils beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-2 on Wednesday night.
The teams were tied 1-1 in the first period before New Jersey scored four straight goals. Zacha had two during that stretch after returning from Binghamton of the American Hockey League a week ago.
Hurricanes score twice in opening 30 seconds, top Devils 2-1
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Carolina captain Justin Williams made sure the Hurricanes rebounded from a "dud" of a loss.
Williams and Micheal Ferland scored in the game's first 30 seconds and the Carolina Hurricanes held on for a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.
"Listen, winning is a lot more fun, isn't it?" Williams said. "A better attitude, a lot more fun around the dressing room."
Taylor Hall has 2 goals, 2 assists as Devils beat Penguins
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Taylor Hall gave the New Jersey Devils just what they needed after a dismal seven-game trip — an MVP-type performance.
Hall scored the game-winning goal on a breakaway at 8:07 of the third period added an empty-net tally to cap a four-point night and lead the Devils to a 4-2 victory over the struggling Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.
Devils’ strong start faces road trip test
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Less than a month into the season, it looks like the New Jersey Devils are ready to take the next step after making the playoffs for the first time since reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2012.
John Hynes' club opened the season with four straight wins and it has taken 11 of a possible 18 points in the first nine games (5-3-1).
Kyle Palmieri helps Devils beat Panthers 3-2
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey forward Kyle Palmieri said it was a "judgment" call. Florida coach Bob Boughner had a different perspective.
Everyone agreed it was a big play.
Palmieri scored a questionable goal late in the first period, and the Devils stopped a three-game slide by topping the Panthers 3-2 on Saturday.
Hall’s OT winner lead Devils over Swiss club
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Taylor Hall's goal with 1:03 left in overtime lifted the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 win over SC Bern of the Swiss National League on Monday.
The game was part of the NHL's Global Series Challenge. Edmonton will conclude the exhibition season Wednesday when it meets Kolner Haie in Cologne, Germany.
New Jersey and Edmonton will meet Saturday in Gothenburg, Sweden, in the season opener for both teams.
Bruins, Lightning among top challengers to Capitals in East
It seems like no one in the Eastern Conference wants to be considered the team to beat.
Taylor Hall relishes that his Devils were counted out last year before making the playoffs. Alex Ovechkin would love for all the Capitals' doubters to chime in again.
"Last year, nobody believe in us and we won the Cup," Ovechkin said. "I hope you guys don't believe in us again."
Devils looking to build off 1st playoff berth since 2011-12
NEW JERSEY DEVILS
LAST SEASON: 44-29-9, 97 points. Fifth in Metropolitan Division. Lost to Tampa Bay Lightning in first round of Eastern Conference playoffs.
COACH: John Hynes (fourth season).
ADDED: D Eric Gryba, D Egor Yakovlev.
LOST: F Patrick Maroon, D John Moore, F Brian Gibbons, F Michael Grabner, F Jimmy Hayes.
New Jersey Devils looking for more than playoffs this year
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Getting to the playoffs isn't going to be good enough for the New Jersey Devils this season. The goals are now higher.
Coming off their worst season in nearly 30 years, the Devils shocked the NHL last year by returning to the postseason for the first time since 2011-12.
Vinni Lettieri’s OT goal sends Rangers past Devils
NEW YORK (AP) — Vinni Lettieri scored at 3:53 of overtime to give the New York Rangers a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night.
Steven Fogarty, Timothy Gettinger and Chris Kreider also scored for New York, which built a 3-1 lead 31 seconds into the third period. Nico Hischier and Taylor Hall scored in a 3:03 span for the Devils and forced overtime.
Devils open training camp with sense of excitement
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — As the New Jersey Devils arrived for the start of training camp Thursday, there was a sense of optimism for the first time in a while.
The Devils were 44-29-9 last season and finished with 97 points and the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.
Although the team was ousted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round, it was the team's first postseason appearance in six seasons.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Taylor Hall doesn't love public speaking, and the New Jersey Devils forward's nervousness grew while the NHL Awards show moved along.
But after Hall and the hockey world watched moving tributes to the Humboldt Broncos and the victims of two mass shootings, he was ready to accept the Hart Trophy with the proper perspective.
"It's not all about you," Hall said. "It's not all about winning awards. It's about enjoying life and doing what you love."
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on NHL awards show at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (all times local):
New Jersey forward Taylor Hall has won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player.
Hall beat out Los Angeles captain Anze Kopitar and Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon in a contest between three first-time finalists for the award.
Hall finished sixth in the league with 93 points for the Devils. He is the first New Jersey player to win the Hart.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils say forwards Taylor Hall and Patrick Maroon and goaltender Cory Schneider have had surgeries since the playoffs ended for them last month.
The team said Tuesday that Hall and Maroon are expected to be ready for the start of training camp, while Schneider may need five months to recover from surgery to repair a torn cartilage in his left hip.
Hall, Kopitar, MacKinnon finalists for Hart as NHL MVP
NEW YORK (AP) — New Jersey left wing Taylor Hall, Los Angeles center Anze Kopitar and Colorado center Nathan MacKinnon are the finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player.
The winner will be announced June 20 at the NHL Awards shows in Las Vegas.
Hall had 39 goals and 54 assists, setting career highs across the board to lead the Devils to a 27-point improvement in the standings and their first playoff appearance since 2011-12.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — It would be easy to say the New Jersey Devils are back after ending a six-year playoff drought.
John Hynes' team went from last in the Eastern Conference in 2016-17 to the postseason in less in the year, riding a career year by left wing Taylor Hall and outstanding first seasons by No. 1 overall draft pick Nico Hischier and Will Butcher. This was a team that made it tough on opponents almost every time it stepped on the ice.
Matthews, Marleau help Maple Leafs beat Bruins in Game 3
TORONTO (AP) — Auston Matthews got the go-ahead goal in the second period, Patrick Marleau scored twice, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Monday night in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.
James van Riemsdyk also scored and Mitch Marner and Morgan Rielly added two assists each ti help Toronto pull to 2-1 in the best-of-seven set. Frederik Andersen stopped 40 shots.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — With the New Jersey Devils' first playoff appearance since 2012 starting to look like an early exit, Taylor Hall came up big — just like he has done all season.
Hall had a goal and two assists, setting up Stefan Noesen's game-winner with 7:05 play, and Cory Schneider made 34 saves in shoring up the goaltending and leading the Devils to a 5-2 victory over the penalty-prone Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night in Game 3 of their best-of-7 first-round series.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Captain Steven Stamkos and high-scoring Nikita Kucherov garner lots of attention. However, the Tampa Bay Lightning are hardly a two-man show.
The top seed in the Eastern Conference got early goals from four players — none of them named Stamkos or Kucherov — before holding off the New Jersey Devils for a 5-2 victory Thursday night in Game 1 of the first-round series.
Patience finally pays off for big-game goalie Grubauer
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Philipp Grubauer was 18 and had only been in North America for a year and a half when he walked into the Windsor Spitfires locker room as the latest member of a stacked junior team.
"He was really German at that point," Windsor teammate Taylor Hall said. "He was very quiet, and he was a goalie, so you just kind of let them do their thing."
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils are heading into the playoffs for the first time since 2012 and not surprisingly half the roster has never competed in a NHL postseason game.
The newbies in the Cup chase include leading scorer Taylor Hall, No. 1 overall pick Nico Hischier, No. 1 goaltender Keith Kinkaid and probably nine of the 20 players expected to be in the starting lineup on Thursday night against the Lightning in the opening game of the first-round series.
Being healthy in the playoffs is taking priority over seeding, with a few teams sitting their top players Saturday in the final game of the regular season.
MVP front-runner Taylor Hall will sit out the New Jersey Devils' regular-season finale after the team clinched a playoff spot but can still move up the standings.
Lately, the Penguins are largely playing sloppy and uninspired. They are just two points from sliding into a wild-card spot.
But the Penguins are also 6-2-2 in their last 10 games. Talent can overcome.
The Penguins' inconsistency and unimpressive execution was explained thusly by a veteran NHL scout: "They want the playoffs to start tomorrow."
That would be good — as long as it's not against New Jersey, 3-0 against the Penguins this season and 4-3 winners Friday at PPG Paints Arena.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils have moved to the brink of their first playoff berth since 2012 by forgetting the big picture and concentrating on the little things.
There is nothing more important than the here and now, and the Devils conveyed that message to the rival New York Rangers on Tuesday night in moving within two points of the postseason.
MONTREAL (AP) — Taylor Hall couldn't have picked a better time to get his first career short-handed goal.
Hall scored on a breakaway late in the third period to lift the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday night.
The 26-year-old forward came out of the penalty box after serving a penalty for too many men — in which Montreal had a 5-on-3 advantage for 51 seconds — took a a pass from Travis Zajac and beat Carey Price on the blocker side with 4:07 remaining.
Hall scores 2 to help Devils move closer to playoffs
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Devils' first playoff berth since 2012 is there for the taking. All they have to do is take it.
Taylor Hall scored two goals and the Devils reduced their magic number for clinching a postseason berth to six points with a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday night.
Crosby scores in OT to lift Pens past Devils 4-3
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Sidney Crosby batted his own rebound out of the air and into the net 19 seconds into overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Devils 4-3 on Thursday night, denying New Jersey a sweep of the four-game season series.
Crosby bats in OT goal, Penguins beat Devils 4-3
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — On the opening day of the baseball season, Sidney Crosby swung and connected for the Pittsburgh Penguins, preventing the New Jersey Devils from sweeping their four-game season series with the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion.
Noesen late goal gives Devils 4-3 win over Hurricanes
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Getting to the playoffs many times involves getting big plays from guys on the third and fourth lines in addition to having your stars step up.
The Devils got both in moving a little closer to their first playoff berth since the 2011-12 season.
Stefan Noesen scored on a rebound with 1:33 to play and the Devils got two goals in the final nine minutes to post a 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.
Alex Ovechkin has answered the challenge the Washington Capitals brass set down last offseason.
The team wanted Ovechkin to bounce back from a disappointing 2016-17, and the 32-year-old Russian superstar has done that and more. He's in better shape, he's upped his scoring and he's remained the face of the franchise while racking up more milestones.
With Ovechkin playing like he's still in his prime, the Capitals lead the Metropolitan Division by three points with only a handful of games remaining.
Devils top Lightning 2-1, move closer to playoff spot
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — While Taylor Hall and Nico Hischier have been getting much of the credit for New Jersey's surprising playoff push, goaltender Keith Kinkaid has been the one carrying the Devils back to the postseason the past two weeks.
Kinkaid made 35 saves and the Devils took another major step toward making the playoffs for the first time since 2012 with a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.
Hall’s winner lifts Devils past Penguins 4-3 in overtime
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The New Jersey Devils and their roster stuffed with speed and youth haven't made the playoffs in six years. The drought for Taylor Hall is even longer. Eight years after being taken with the top pick in the draft, the Devils forward is still waiting for his first taste of the NHL postseason.
Coleman scores 2, Devils beat Golden Knights 8-3
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The New Jersey Devils are fighting for their playoff lives.
And they're certainly playing like it.
Blake Coleman scored twice, Michael Grabner and Nico Hischier each had a goal and an assist, and New Jersey routed the Vegas Golden Knights 8-3 on Wednesday night.
After opening a six-game road trip with a victory over Western Conference-leading Nashville on Saturday, the Devils handed Vegas, the second-best team in the West, its worst home loss of the season.
Boyle’s shootout winner leads Devils past Predators, 3-2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After giving up a late tying goal, Keith Kinkaid was determined to still win the game.
Brian Boyle scored in the fifth round of the shootout to lift the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.
Boyle beat Nashville goalie Juuse Saros with a quick wrist shot from the slot on the blocker side.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Patrik Laine extended his point-scoring streak to 10 games for the Winnipeg Jets in another victory. Meanwhile, Taylor Hall saw his run end at 19 for the New Jersey Devils.
Therein lies one tale in the Jets' 3-2 win Thursday night.
Winnipeg's top gun struck again with his eighth goal in the last four games. Laine has 14 goals and six assists over the 10-game span. He has 39 goals, pulling within one of Alex Ovechkin for the league lead.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — There's no stopping Taylor Hall, unquestionably the New Jersey Devils' most valuable player in their quest to end a five-year playoff drought.
Hall extended his point-scoring streak to 19 games, Travis Zajac scored two power-play goals and the Devils snapped a three-game skid with a 6-4 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — With just over a month left in the regular season, the Carolina Hurricanes are forcing their way back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
Teuvo Teravainen and Justin Williams scored in the third period and the Hurricanes overcame yet another goal by New Jersey's Taylor Hall to beat the Devils 3-1 on Friday night.
Streaking Taylor Hall, Devils end Penguins’ run at home
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Taylor Hall equaled the Devils' franchise record with points in 15 straight games, Stefan Noesen scored the only goal of the third period and New Jersey beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Noesen, playing in his 100th NHL game, broke a 2-2 tie with his ninth of the season five minutes into the third. He tipped Andy Greene's attempt from the side boards behind Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith.
Hall scores again, Devils end Penguins’ home winning streak
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Taylor Hall just wants to contribute to the New Jersey Devils' playoff run.
The Devils are happy that he's contributing at a historic pace.
Hall equaled the Devils' franchise record with points in 15 straight games, Stefan Noesen scored the only goal of the third period and New Jersey beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 on Tuesday night.