New Jersey Devils teen Luke Hughes scored the primary purpose of his profession on Thursday evening on a move from his brother, Jack Hughes, and helped lock the staff right into a playoff spot.
Hughes’ purpose got here with 26.4 seconds remaining in time beyond regulation in opposition to the Washington Capitals. He was initially denied on his first shot however regained the puck and put it into the again of the web on the wrap-around try.
New Jersey received the sport 5-4.
Hughes’ purpose got here in his second profession sport. He additionally had an help earlier within the sport.
New Jersey was down three targets twice within the sport. Washington had a 3-0 lead within the first and a 4-1 lead within the second interval earlier than the comeback started. Erika Haula had two targets and Miles Wooden and Dougie Hamilton had one rating every.
The victory marked the Devils’ 52nd win of the season, shifting the staff to 52-22-8 on the yr. They completed behind the Carolina Hurricanes for the Metropolitan Division title.
The 52-win season units a brand new franchise mark. The staff received 51 video games in the course of the 2008-09 season underneath Bruce Sutter. Nevertheless, New Jersey misplaced within the NHL Jap Convention quarterfinals that yr.
The Devils will play their rivals throughout the Hudson River – the New York Rangers – within the first spherical of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.