DALLAS — Nico Hischier and Pavel Zacha scored 10 seconds apart in the third period, and the New Jersey Devils beat the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Saturday.
Ty Smith also scored in the third for New Jersey, which had fallen five times in a row. Fabian Zetterlund had two assists and Nico Daws made 27 saves.
“We needed some good saves and he made those saves for us,” said Devils coach Lindy Ruff.
Jake Oettinger made 20 stops, but the Stars missed a chance to bolster their Western Conference playoff positioning. Dallas defenseman Ryan Suter scored his 100th career goal 13:31 into the second.
“It’s cool,” said the 17-year veteran, “but that’s not why I play the game. I’m not playing for the points, but it’s about time.”
Hischier said the biggest thing the team did in the third period was be “a little bit more aggressive with the forecheck.”
Dallas only had six shots on goal in the third period.
“That wasn’t the game we had to play,” said Suter. “They came at us, they came hard, and we weren’t ready for it.”
Stars coach Rick Bowness was clearer: “We didn’t look like a team that wanted to make the playoffs. There wasn’t nearly enough desperation in our game. It’s everyone. You can’t point fingers because everyone has. We didn’t have one person out there for me who made a good game. “
Smith tied it for 1 when he converted a wrist shot from the top of the right circle at 4:26. It was Smith’s fifth goal of the season.
Hischier, who matched his career-high 20 goals from his 2017-18 rookie season, put New Jersey ahead to stay 1-11 from the end. He ran wide on the right of goal and then stepped back to defeat Oettinger for his 20th goal of the season.
“I tried to look for passing opportunities,” Hischier said, “but in the end I thought I could net it. I did, and luckily it got in.”
Oettinger took the blame.
“There’s a minute left in the game and you need your goalie to kick and make big saves and I couldn’t do that.”
After the faceoff, Zacha ran into the left faceoff circle and sent the puck into the net. It was Zacha’s 14th this season.
The Stars had taken the lead in Suter’s seventh of the year, stopping a 0-for-13 power play drought. Suter scored with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle.
“Our 5v5 game today was awful,” Bowness said. “That was the power play. I know they scored but it was a pass and a shot that found its way.”
Dallas has been 3-1-1 in their last five games.
“If we play like that, we’re going home in three weeks,” Bowness said. As simple as that.”
https://nypost.com/2022/04/09/devils-topple-stars-thanks-to-rapid-fire-goals-in-third-period/ Devils bring down Stars thanks to rapid-fire goals in the third period