NEWARK, N.J. (AP)– Damon Severson had never scored an overtime goal in the NHL, and this wasn’t how he imagined his.
The Devils defenseman backhanded the puck into his own web with 2: 22 left in overtime, gifting the Toronto Maple Leafs a 5-4 win over New Jersey on Friday night for their season-best 6th straight triumph.
Severson got the puck after Toronto’s William Nylander lost control of it driving toward New Jersey’s net. The 25- year-old Severson accidentally beat goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood while attempting to clear the puck out of threat. Nylander was credited with the goal.
” I was just trying to secure the puck,” said Severson, who was consoled by colleagues while leaving the ice. “I was not attempting to do anything with it. Secure the puck and then get it out of damage’s method. I simply struck it by accident into our own internet.”
Nylander established the play by taking the puck from Jack Hughes. It’s Toronto’s longest winning streak given that November of 2017.
” It’s great to get some puck luck and have bounces go your method,” Maple Leafs goaltender Michael Hutchinson stated after making 24 saves.
Zach Hyman, Ilya Mikheyev, Kasperi Kapanen and John Tavares scored for Toronto, which witnessed a scary minute in the third period when Mikheyev sustained a deep gash on his ideal wrist from Hughes’ skate.
” It was obviously frightening there, seeing that much blood,” Tavares stated. “Clearly, a man that we care deeply about and was having a terrific night and playing tremendous for us, so ideas are with him.”
Mikheyev was being held for observation at a health center.
Nico Hischier, Nitita Gusev, Kyle Palmieri and Jesper Bratt scored for New Jersey, and Blackwood made 32 conserves.
” Clearly, it is a tough one to swallow, but it is what it is,” Palmieri stated.
Tavares connected it at 4 with 11: 45 left in the 3rd period with a tap-in power-play goal from Blackwood’s crease. Nylander made the pass to set it up.
The teams combined for seven goals during a wide-open very first 40 minutes. Palmieri and Bratt got the last two a little more than 3 minutes apart to provide the Devils a 4-3 lead.
Palmieri scored his 15 th of the season on a point-blank shot soon after raising Tyson Barrie’s stick to take the puck and connect it at 3. Palmieri got on a center-ice turnover by Kapanen to establish the consent goal by Bratt at 10: 11.
Hyman and Mikheyev scored 19 seconds apart late in the first period to offer the Maple Leafs a 2-1 lead.
With the Devils on a two-man benefit, Gusev connected it at 1: 42 of the 2nd duration. Kapanen put Toronto ahead with a top-shelf chance at 5: 18, but the Devils countered with 2 over the next five minutes for their 2nd lead. Hischier had scored the game’s very first objective early.
NOTES: The groups will play 2 more times this season, both in Toronto (Jan. 14, Mar. 17). The Maple Leafs are 5-4.
Maple Leafs: Return house to host Rangers Saturday night.
Devils: At Ottawa Sunday night.