Last night the Devils traded away veterans Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac to the New York Islanders. Trading those two players is defiantly indicating the end of an era for the Devils. They will have to move on without them and get a win against the Buffalo Sabres.
The Sabres got the scoring going only 53 seconds into the game. The goal came from Victor Olofsson. Not how the Devils wanted to start a game after a trade that shakes up the core of the team. Luckily in the period, the Devils responded well as Pavel Zacha had back-to-back goals. These goals occurred both on the power play. The team was not done as Jack Hughes buried his 8th of the season. The period ended with the Devils on top 3-1.
The second period started off strong for the Devils as they had a lot of pressure time in the Sabres’ end. They were skating and moving the puck well. Unfortunately, that did not last long in the period as the Sabres cut it to within one, with a goal from Tage Thompson. This goal came on the power play for the Sabres. This goal really helped to change the momentum for the Sabres as shortly after they tied the game with a goal from Jeff Skinner tying the game at 3.
The Devils needed to find their game again from the first period. In the middle of the period, Jesper Boqvist gave the Devils a 4-3 lead with a wrist shot. Momentum shifted back to the Devils as Yegor Sharangovich took a pass from Jack Hughes. That was Hughes’ second point of the game it was important to see if Hughes can take on the leadership role after the trade last night. Then Janne Kuokkanen put home an empty-net goal. This was the fishing touches on a nice win for the Devils. The final score of 6-3. This was a nice win to respond after losing Kyle Palmeri and Travis Zajac. The next game for the Devils is tomorrow night against the Penguins.