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Arizona 5, New Jersey 3
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, October 25, 2019
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Referees: Dan O'Rourke, Garrett Rank
Linesmen: Steve Miller, Derek Nansen
Attendance: 14724

Barrett Hayton scored the go-ahead, third-period goal -- getting the best of rival teenager Jack Hughes in the process -- as the Arizona Coyotes defeated the host Devils 5-3 in Newark, N.J., on Friday night.

It was the first career goal for the 19-year-old Hayton, the fifth-overall pick in 2018 playing in his first season in the NHL.

Hughes, the NHL's No. 1 overall pick this year, had the best game of his young career, scoring one goal and adding two assists. After not getting a goal or assist in his first six NHL games, Hughes is now on a three-game points streak.

Arizona also got goals from Nick Schmaltz, Michael Grabner, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Clayton Keller (empty-netter), and Antti Raanta made 32 saves.

Schmaltz also had the primary assist on Hayton's winner. Grabner's goal was his 22nd career short-handed score.

New Jersey also got goals from Sami Vatanen and Pavel Zacha. Devils goalie Mackenzie Blackwood made 12 saves.

New Jersey dominated the first period with a 16-6 advantage on shots, going 1-for-2 on its power play and killing off its only penalty. Yet, the Devils only led 2-1 after Schmaltz scored with just 17 seconds left in the period.

New Jersey's first goal came with 3:31 left in the first period -- eight seconds after a high-sticking penalty against Arizona's Derek Stepan had expired. Vatanen took a pass from Hughes and fired a shot from a sharp angle. The puck bounced in off the skate of Arizona defenseman Alex Goligoski.

The Devils made it 2-0 with 1:34 left in the first. Hughes corralled a slightly off-target cross-ice pass from former league MVP Taylor Hall and then scored with a wrist shot from the right circle as the puck sailed over Raanta's left shoulder.

But despite those early fireworks for the Devils, Arizona tied the score 2-2 with 2:01 gone in the second period on Grabner's short-handed goal. Grabner picked up a loose puck on a pass that was intended for Devils defenseman P.K. Subban. Grabner, with blazing speed, skated in on a breakaway and flipped the puck up and in with his backhand.

The teams traded two goals 31 seconds apart midway through the second period, leaving the teams tied 3-3 after two periods. Zacha, on a long lead pass from Hughes, scored off the far post for New Jersey, and Ekman-Larsson ripped home a shot after some tough forechecking by teammate Lawson Crouse.

With 1:45 expired in the third, Hayton skated to the front of the net and tapped in a great pass from Schmaltz for a 4-3 Arizona lead. Keller's empty-netter with 40 seconds left sealed the deal.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Arizona   New Jersey
Jason Demers 3 Points Jack Hughes 3
Oliver Ekman-Larsson 1 Goals Jack Hughes 1
Jason Demers 3 Assists Jack Hughes 2
N/A Power Play Goals Jack Hughes 1
Michael Grabner 1 Short Handed Goals N/A
Antti Raanta .914 Save Percentage Mackenzie Blackwood .750
Antti Raanta 32 Saves Mackenzie Blackwood 12
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Arizona 17 5 0-3 4-5 10 31
New Jersey 35 3 1-5 3-3 6 35
Upcoming Games
  • New Jersey will play their next game at home against Tampa Bay. The Devils have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .167 after a loss.
  • Arizona will play their next game on the road against Buffalo. The Coyotes have a W/L % of .600 after a win and .600 after a loss.