Taylor Hall scores 2 but leaves early as Devils rebound in win over Kings | Rapid reaction

December 12, 2017 - The Star Ledger - View Full Article

The Devils snapped a two-game losing streak by ending the Kings' eight-game winning streak.

The Devils got back on track in a big way against the NHL's hottest team.

Taylor Hall scored twice to pace a steady attack, while goalie Cory Schneider stopped 16 of the 17 shots he faced to help the Devils snap the Los Angeles Kings' eight-game winning streak with a 5-1 win on Tuesday at the Prudential Center in Newark.

Hall did leave the game in the third period. He took an awkward hit early in the frame from Kings defenseman Kurtis MacDermid, where Hal's right legs whipped up and out. Hall stayed in the game but took his last shift at 14:16, and he did not return over the final five minutes after leaving the bench.

The victory also snapped a two-game skid for the Devils and moved them to 17-9-4.

Travis Zajac opened the scoring in the first period when he punched in a deflection in front of the crease. Brian Gibbons sent the puck toward net from the left corner, and it found Zajac's stick for his second of the season at 13:44. 

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They doubled the lead 2:30 later when Hall scored his first of the night to snap a long power-play drought for the Devils. After failing to convert on 13 straight power plays dating back to Dec. 1, Hall scored into a big window from the left circle after Jesper Bratt sent a cross-ice pass his way.

The Devils avoided a second-period setback and kept the Kings out of the net early before doubling their lead.

Hall stole a loose puck and split two Kings defensemen to get in clean on Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, where Hall slid a backhander through Quick's five hole for his 11th goal of the season at 15:42

Brian Boyle beat Quick through his five hole later. After Stefan Noesen hit a wide-open Boyle in the left circle, Boyle's shot found a way through for his sixth of the season at 17:04.

The Kings spoiled Schneider's shutout bid when defenseman Alec Martinez sent a long shot into traffic, where it deflected of center Torrey Mitchell at 12:04 of the third period.

Brian Gibbons tacked on a short-handed goal with 10.9 seconds left.

Next up

The Devils will practice on Wednesday in Newark before jetting up to Montreal for a 7:30 p.m. game against the Canadiens on Thursday. They'll return to the Prudential Center on Friday when they open a season-long six-game home stand with a 7 p.m. game against the Dallas Stars.

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New Jersey Devils vs. Los Angeles Kings: LIVE score updates and chat (12/12/17)

December 12, 2017 - The Star Ledger - View Full Article

Taylor Hall, Nico Hischier, Jesper Bratt and the New Jersey Devils will aim to snap a two-game losing streak when they host the Los Angeles Kings at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Prudential Center in Newark.

Taylor Hall, Nico Hischier, Jesper Bratt and the New Jersey Devils will aim to snap a two-game losing streak when they host the Los Angeles Kings at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Prudential Center in Newark. The Kings enter riding an eight-game winning streak.

Join NJ.com's live chat during the game in the comments section. You can also follow along with live score and stat updates above.

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Here is everything you need to know about the game:

What: New Jersey Devils (16-9-4) vs. Los Angeles Kings (20-8-3)

When: 7:00 p.m. EST, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

Where: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey

TV: MSG+ 

Live streamMSG GO

Radio: The One Jersey Network

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