Devils take lead in OT thanks to big night from Jack Hughes

DALLAS — Jack Hughes scored his second goal of the game 20 seconds into overtime to lift the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Friday night.

Hughes’ game-winning goal bounced off the stick of Dallas’ Tyler Seguin and past Jake Ettinger as the Devils rallied from a 2-0 deficit to improve to an NHL-best 19-3-2 this season.

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Miles Wood also scored and Vitek Vanecek made 33 saves to extend his personal hitting streak to a career-best nine straight games.

The Devils, who are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, have won back-to-back games after losing 6-4 to Nashville on Thursday night. Five of New Jersey’s last six games have gone beyond regulation.

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Roope Hintz and Ty Dellandrea scored for the Stars, whose last three games were all 3-2 overtime losses.

Jack Hughes scores the game-winning OT goal in the Devils' 3-2 win over the Stars.
Jack Hughes scores the game-winning OT goal in the Devils’ 3-2 win over the Stars.
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Jake Ettinger stopped 26 shots for the Stars, who have lost three straight games for the first time this season (0-1-2). It’s also the first time Dallas has played three straight games in overtime since March 2018.

DeLandrea’s opening goal came at 10:50 of the opening period after he skated to the left corner, turned and lifted the puck toward the crease. He beat the right skate of a backchecking Erik Haula and dribbled under Vanecek to the net.

The Devils celebrate after their overtime win over the Stars.
The Devils celebrate after their overtime win over the Stars.
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Hintz’s goal, his 20th of the season and 100th of his five-year NHL career, came 5 seconds into a 5-on-3 power play after a Dallas timeout for a 2-0 lead. He threw a one-meter from the right circle for a win at 16:44.

The Devils responded quickly in the second period with two goals in the first quarter to tie the score. Hughes scored on a breakaway, converting a two-out line pass 65 seconds into the period. Wood also scored in transition during a Dallas layup.

Wood ends a 19-game goalless streak. His only two goals in his last 34 games have come against Dallas.

Dougie Hamilton assisted on both of Hughes’ goals. Hughes has scored 33 goals this season, including 26 in his last 30 games.