The Devils rally to beat Avalanche by five straight goals

The young New Jersey Devils are playing better and are even beginning to stun some of the NHL’s best teams.

Nathan Bastian scored a power play goal with 6:56 left, Yegor Sharangovich finished the game with a goal without a goal shorthanded and the Devils rebounded from a three-goal deficit to lead the Colorado Avalanche 5-3 on Tuesday night beat at the Prudential Center in Newark.

“I think if you look at it, we’ve played a lot of games like this where you come down and we fight back, but we don’t quite make it back or win the game,” said Devils coach Lindy Ruff. “I thought tonight there was just a belief that we would come back.”

Tomas Tatar, Ty Smith and Damon Severson also scored for the Devils. Nico Daws made 23 saves for New Jersey, which had its biggest comeback win of the season.

“Of course that was a great win,” said Tatar, who scored his 400th career point. “We’re trying to create a winning mentality here and those kinds of games give it to you. You have to respect your team; They have a lot of experience, they’ve been around for a long time. I think in the third they wanted to fight back but we kept running and played our game and I think we deserved to win.

Nathan Bastian (14) of the Devils celebrates with Jack Hughes after scoring in the third period of a game on Tuesday March 8, 2022 in Newark, NJ
Nathan Bastian (14) celebrates with Jack Hughes after a goal.
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Jesper Bratt added three assists for the Devils and Jack Hughes had two, both helping the game-winner.

Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar scored for the Avalanche, who led 23-0 this season as they led after the first third. Darcy Kuemper had 38 saves.

“We were terrible. So it is what it is,” said coach Jared Bednar, whose team leads the NHL with 87 points. “The team needs to rest and move on. We were second on every puck. They were skating and we didn’t check. We looked tired, mentally tired. We flipped the puck every second touch.”

MacKinnon and Rantanen scored power play goals in the first period.

“Overall it was a really tough game,” said Rantanen. “I don’t think we had any momentum in the 60 minutes. It was the power play that got us going. Other than that, we were terrible tonight.”

In their second game in as many nights, the Avalanche seemed to run out of gas after taking a 3-0 lead early in the second period through Makar’s 21st goal of the season. It extended its points streak to 13 games.

It was a tie at the end of the second period, Tatar starting the comeback at 9:20 by rebounding a shot from the post by Jonas Siegenthaler into an empty goal.

Smith closed the gap to a goal with a shot that could have been deflected by Colorado defenseman Samuel Girard. Severson tied the game with a power play goal at 17:21.

Bastian won the game after a powerplay shot from Hughes hit him in the crease. The puck stopped about a foot from the goal line and he hit it home for his 10th time of the season.

The loss was Colorado’s fourth loss since Jan. 14 (19-4-2).

The win was Ruff’s 776th of his NHL career and put him in sole possession of sixth place in league history ahead of Paul Maurice. … Devils captain Nico Hischier was out with a lower body injury. … The game was the first between the team since Jan. 4, 2020. … Daws started his fifth straight game for New Jersey. The Devils rally to beat Avalanche by five straight goals


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