NEWARK Auston Matthews Jersey , N.J. (AP) There’s no stopping Taylor Hall, unquestionably the New Jersey Devils‘ most valuable player in their quest to end a five-year playoff drought.Hall extended his point-scoring streak to 19 games, Travis Zajac scored two power-play goals and the Devils snapped a three-game skid with a 6-4 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.Hall’s consecutive-points streak is the longest in the NHL this season. Hall, who had two assists, has recorded points in his last 26 appearances dating to Jan. 2. He missed three games before the All-Star break with a thumb injury during that span.”It’s cool. It seems like everything is kind of bouncing the right way when I’m out there, especially on the power play lately,” Hall said. ”So it’s great to chip in, great to contribute, and I’m out there to get points, score goals and play well that way Connor Brown Jersey , so I want to keep it going. At the end of the day, I just want to be on a team that gets into the playoffs.”Stefan Noesen, Blake Coleman, Patrick Maroon and Brian Boyle also scored for the Devils. Keith Kinkaid made 29 saves as New Jersey solidified its grip on the first wild-card slot in the Eastern Conference.Jacob de la Rose scored twice for the Canadiens, who had picked up at least one point in their previous seven games (3-0-4). Brendan Gallagher and Byron Froese had the other goals.The Devils dominated the opening period, taking a 4-0 lead while outshooting the Canadiens 17-5.Noesen got the Devils rolling, deflecting Will Butcher’s point shot past Charlie Lindgren at 8:25. New Jersey then broke it open with three goals in a span of 3:15 late in the period.Butcher, back on ice after a brief locker-room visit for medical attention after suffering a facial cut, played a hand in New Jersey’s second tally with 3:27 remaining in the period.Lindgren stopped Butcher’s initial shot, only to have Coleman steer home the rebound.Zajac polished off the first period with his tallies. Kyle Palmieri fired a shot from the left circle that Zajac tipped in with 1:52 left. Hall got the point that extended the streak with 12 seconds remaining when Zajac slammed home his rebound.”He’s been on a mission and he’s been our best player all year Frederik Andersen Jersey ,” Zajac said of Hall. ”He’s brought momentum over these last 26 games for us, and he’s grown as a leader. It’s great to see.”Gallagher cut the Devils’ lead to 4-1 midway through the second period.Maroon scored his first goal as a Devil about a minute later. He has points in all four games since coming to New Jersey in a trade with Edmonton. It was New Jersey’s third power-play goal of the game with Hall assisting.”In the four games I’ve played here, he’s been by far one of our best players, and that’s exciting to see, especially in meaningful games like this,” Maroon said of Hall. ”Big time players step up.”Boyle made it 6-1 later in the period with his first goal in 24 games.Montreal scored the final three goals of the contest to make the final outcome more respectable.”The thing that I’ll take out of this game in a positive way is the fact that we got better as the game went on,” Canadiens coach Claude Julien said. ”We’re a young team and the guys showed character by trying to get themselves back into it. That’s a character check. It would have been easy to say, `This is not our night.”’Montreal got a goal from de la Rose with 13.8 seconds remaining to close out the second period with a four-goal deficit.De la Rose tallied again in the third, trimming New Jersey’s lead to 6-3 with 5:20 remaining. Froese closed out the scoring in the final minute.NOTES: Members of the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team met with Devils players outside the locker room before the game and participated in a ceremonial puck drop at center ice. … This was Montreal’s first game without LW Max Pacioretty, who is expected to miss 6 weeks with a knee injury. … John Hynes won his 100th game as the Devils’ coach.UP NEXTCanadiens: At Florida on Thursday.Devils: Host Winnipeg on Thursday.— SAN JOSE Womens Jake Gardiner Jersey , Calif. (AP) — This may have been the most unusual of Nikolaj Ehlers‘ four career hat tricks.It didn’t make it any less satisfying.Ehlers snapped a tie with 3:07 to go and then completed the three-goal night when he was credited with a score after getting pulled down with San Jose’s net empty, sealing a 5-3 victory for the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.“The two first ones were almost empty-netters and the third one the puck doesn’t even go into the net,” Ehlers said. “But we got the two points. My line mates made some pretty great plays there. It still feels good.”Ehlers scored in the first period following a bad bounce off the boards that left Martin Jones out of position and then knocked in the game-winner after Blake Wheeler drew Jones out of the net on a wraparound. Ehlers took the pass in the slot and knocked it past Joe Pavelski for the goal.The final score came after Pavelski brought him down with 1:00 remaining, leading to the automatic goal because the Sharks had pulled the goalie. It gave Ehlers 14 goals in his past 22 games, including a second hat trick after he recorded one Nov. 29 against Chicago.“(Ehlers) has a knack to put the puck in the net,” said Wheeler, who assisted on all three of Ehlers’ goals. “Obviously an incredibly dynamic player. He’s doing a good job of being patient, jumping in the holes at the right time and banging them in.”Mason Appleton got his first career goal and Dustin Byfuglien also scored to help the Jets win for the sixth time in seven games. Connor Hellebuyck made 41 saves.Evander Kane had a goal and an assist against his former team and Joe Thornton moved into 10th place all-time in assists for the Sharks, who had won five in a row. Pavelski and Joonas Donskoi also scored, and Jones made 19 saves.“This might have been our best game in the last six games and it was the one we lost Matt Bartkowski Jersey Womens ,” coach Peter DeBoer said. “We had a good effort — some unfortunate bounces.”It was an action-packed first period that featured five goals, five power plays, a fight between Barclay Goodrow and Brendan Lemieux, and a handful of big saves.After the teams traded penalties in the opening 40 seconds, the Jets struck first during 4-on-4 play when Byfuglien stripped Brent Burns near the blue line and skated in for the breakaway goal 51 seconds into the game.But in a sign of what was to come, the Sharks answered just 45 seconds later when Thornton forced a turnover that led to an odd-man rush that Kane converted for his first goal in six games against his original team. Thornton’s 1,040th assist tied Marcel Dionne for 10th place all-time.San Jose then took the lead nine seconds after Tyler Myers was called for interference, with Kevin Labanc’s shot from the circle hitting Pavelski’s pants on the way into the net. Pavelski’s 22nd goal in the 36th game of the season equaled his total from all of last season.The Jets responded with two more goals in the next 2:17, starting with Ehlers’ first of the night. Nic Petan then set up Appleton for his first career goal to make it 3-2, and that’s where the game stood after Hellebuyck made a big save on Timo Meier and Burns hit the post on the power play in the final two minutes of the period.The second wasn’t quite as frenzied Youth John Tavares Jersey , although Jones did rob Ehlers late in the period before the Sharks tied it with 5.3 seconds left when Donskoi deflected a pass from Kane into the net.“Tonight was a heavyweight game for us,” said Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson, who extended his point streak to seven games with an assist. “We wanted to this one. But unfortunately they came away with it. We expect to be one of the top teams. Today we showed it in bits and pieces.”NOTES: Donskoi has 100 career points. … Petan suited up for the Jets after missing the previous 10 games as a healthy scratch, taking the place of Adam Lowry.UP NEXTJets: Visit Vancouver on Saturday.Sharks: Host Los Angeles on Saturday.
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