NHL: Jake Allen led Devils to victory over Maple Leafs, 59 goals for Auston Matthews

Jake Allen made 42 saves and the New Jersey Devils defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs by a score of 6-3.

Jack Hughes scored two goals, while Nico Hischier had a goal and two assists for the Devils, who have won four of their last five games.

Timo Meier added a goal and an assist, while Luke Hughes and Max Willman each scored a goal for the winners.

Jesper Bratt contributed to three goals for the Devils and Curtis Lazar contributed two goals.

Auston Matthews, with his NHL-high 59th goal of the season, William Nylander and Tyler Bertuzzi responded for the Maple Leafs.

TJ Brodie set the table for two goals for Toronto, which saw Joseph Woll stop 19 pucks.

The Maple Leafs started each of the first two periods well. Bertuzzi gave the Canadian team the lead in the 64th second. Toronto, however, gave up two goals before the end of the period.

Nylander and Matthews put their fans back on their faces with two goals in less than five minutes at the start of halftime. However, just 44 seconds after Matthews’ 59th goal of the season, Timo Meier tied the game. Afterwards, the Devils were the only ones to take advantage of their opportunities.

This situation did not please coach Sheldon Keefe, who after the confrontation did not hesitate to target his players.

“Instead of having a good period, taking advantage of it and continuing to do what we were doing well, I think we just overdid it. He was really immature… immature on the part of our less experienced players and our leaders,” the coach said after the game.

Caps have advantage over Wings

Dylan Strome scored in overtime to give the Washington Capitals an extra point against their closest pursuers in the playoff race, the Detroit Red Wings, whom they defeated 4-3.

Strome redirected John Carlson’s shot for his second goal of the afternoon and Hendrix Lapierre assisted on the sequence. The Caps remained two points ahead of second place among selected teams in the Eastern Conference and have won six of their last seven meetings.

Patrick Kane limited the damage by forcing extra time to give a point to his team, who however played one more game than their opponents.

“In three weeks, this is the game that we will surely look back on as the one that made the difference, no matter who it ends up going for,” Caps forward TJ Oshie said before the game. And he may be right. But the two teams will meet one last time on April 9 at Little Caesars Arena.

In his 100th career start, at age 30, Charlie Lindgren made 30 stops for the Caps, who won for the third consecutive time.

After an uneventful first half, Nic Dowd broke the ice for the Capitals after some good passing play with Beck Malenstyn and former Wings player Nick Jensen.

Just 3 minutes later, Alex DeBrincat scored his first goal in 13 outings to tie the score.

David Perron put the visitors ahead for the first time just before the end of the period, on a power play. Lindgren made some magnificent saves on the penalty kill, but persistence finally paid off when the Quebecer pounced on a loose puck to beat the goalkeeper lying on his right flank. JT Compher picked up his second assist of the game and captain Dylan Larkin also contributed.

The Capitals turned the tide in the third. Connor McMichael tied the score with his third goal in four games, then Strome gave his team the lead after a faceoff won by Max Pacioretty.

When time began to tick dangerously for Detroit, Patrick Kane stood up. Left alone in the box, he took advantage of DeBrincat’s shot and fired a powerful slapshot to tie the score with 5:20 left in regulation.

After their last head-to-head on February 27, the Caps were 9 points behind the Wings, who later corrected them, but have since gone 9-4-0. The Wings are 3-10-0, including seven straight losses between Feb. 29 and March 14.

The Caps want to get back to the playoffs after being shut out last year for the first time since 2014. Finishing ahead of Detroit isn’t the only way to get there, as they trail the Philadelphia Flyers by a single point for third place. of the Metropolitan. division with two games less.

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