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Dougie Hamilton’s overtime goal drives the Devils past the Blues

NEWARK, NJ — Dougie Hamilton scored in overtime and rookie Nico Daws made 19 saves and the New Jersey Devils defeated the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Sunday.

Hamilton scored his ninth goal of the season at 1:12 of overtime with a high shot against Blues goalkeeper Ville Husso. Pavel Zacha and Jack Hughes assisted on the winning goal.

“I was just trying to see where the puck went,” Hamilton said. “Pav made a great pass and I just played it in.”

The Devils were on a two-game losing streak, while the Blues lost their third straight game in the New York area this week after also losing to the Rangers and Islanders.

New Jersey scored the winner after the Blues leveled the game by scoring twice early in the third period. The young Devils didn’t flinch and continued to push the Blues, leading to overtime.

Dougie Hamilton scores the winning goal in extra time.
Dougie Hamilton scores the winning goal in extra time.
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“We just sat back and I think we went out after the goal and made some great changes and just kept playing,” said Devils forward Dawson Mercer, who scored his team’s second goal. “I think that really helped us get through the last 10 minutes and finish at the end.”

Both teams failed to capitalize on powerplay opportunities in the late third period.

Devils defenseman Ryan Graves was called for a trip at 15:11 before St. Louis defenseman Torey Krug was called for the 18-minute mark, the Devils’ fifth man-advantage chance.

The Devils led 2-0 through goals from Ty Smith and Mercer en route to the third period, but St. Louis equalized when Krug and Jordan Kyrou scored less than four minutes apart earlier in the period.

“I thought we played one of our better games overall, although they got a couple in the third I thought we continued our game,” said Devils coach Lindy Ruff.

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Dawson Mercer celebrates after scoring the second half goal.
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Smith opened the first for the Devils at 9:47 a.m. and flicked the puck past Husso for his second goal of the season. Jesper Bratt and Nico Hischier had the assists.

Hischier extended his points streak to four games. The Devils captain has 14 points as of February 1.

Bratt, 23, continued his breakout season, his fifth with New Jersey. Bratt leads the team with 32 assists and 51 points, both career highs for the Devils sixth-round pick in 2016.

The Devils beat the Blues 15-12 in a spirited first period.

Mercer made it 2-0 for New Jersey at 9:26 of the second when he finished a nice passing sequence with a high shot to beat Husso. Hughes and Jimmy Vesey assisted in rookie Mercer’s 14th goal of the season.

“I feel like we’re young, fast and capable forwards with our team up there,” added Mercer. “You want to do these games and I just had this feeling. Bratt makes these great cross ice passes and as you can see on the first goal two defenders went his way and I called for it.

Dougie Hamilton (17) celebrates with teammates after his overtime goal.
Dougie Hamilton (17) celebrates with teammates after his overtime goal.
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Continuing his recent offensive outburst, Hughes has now registered points in nine of his last 10 games and 13 of his last 15 games.

The Blues only had one shot at Daws in the second half. The Devils had eight against Husso.

“We finally got going in the third period and made a game out of it,” said Blues captain Ryan O’Reilly. “We’re just not doing it right at the moment. We need to get back to where we need to be.”

Krug finally broke through at 2:08 of the third with his seventh goal for the Blues before Kyrou equalized at 5:44 with his team-leading 22nd goal of the season.

Kyrou and Vladimir Tarasenko set up Krug’s goal. Brayden Schenn and Tarasenko assisted Kyrou’s goal.

The Devils conceded a 3-1 loss to the Rangers on Friday night and opened a four-game homestead, followed by games this week against Colorado, Winnipeg and Anaheim.

Nico Daws
Nico Daws made 19 saves.
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New Jersey has scored with a snappy clip over the past five weeks. They came into play averaging 3.91 goals per game in 11 games since February 1, including three seven-goal games and one six-goal performance.

The Blues lost 2-1 to the Islanders on Saturday afternoon. St. Louis is on a four-game road trip. They won 4-0 in Chicago before losing 5-3 to Rangers last Wednesday.

“We have to play properly and not flip pucks,” Blues coach Craig Berube said. “We didn’t have enough of the puck.”

The Blues had lost their last two games against the Devils, having won the previous 12 against New Jersey. The Blues lost their previous game in New Jersey 4-2 on March 6, 2020, a few days before the pandemic halted play.

The Blues are still 6-2-2 in their last 10 games.

Husso made 30 saves in a loss and is at 10-2-2 as of early 2022. The 27-year-old Finnish goaltender is 13-4-3 in his second NHL season so far.

Daws started for the Devils for the fourth straight year and fifth in the last six games. The German-born Daws, a fourth-round pick by the Devils in 2020, played a strong game against the Rangers on Friday, making 29 saves on his debut at Madison Square Garden.

“He played really well,” Ruff added of his rookie goalie improving to 4-3-0 this season. “I thought today would be a full game for us with all four lines and six defenders.”

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