The New Jersey Devils were off to a bit of a slower start than some expected. They went 1-1-1 in the first three games. While it isn’t the worst-case scenario, they didn’t play particularly well in most of the games. Slow starts to matches have hurt them so far.
Well, they didn’t exactly have a slow start in this one against the New York Islanders, as they played well, but they did give up the first goal again. That is the fourth straight game to start the season in which they have given up the first goal of the hockey game.
Luckily, Dougie Hamilton took advantage of a great play by Timo Meier to get it tied. After the two teams exchanged another goal, they were locked in a 2-2 tie when Luke Hughes scored his second career goal and first of this season.
Of course, it was assisted by Jack Hughes. Luke’s first career power-play goal gave New Jersey a 3-2 lead. Bo Horvat eventually tied the game again, which brought them to the third period in a 3-3 tie. That was until Jack Hughes scored his third goal of the season.
Luke and Jack Hughes were catalysts in the New Jersey Devils win on Friday.
Like his brother Luke, this was a power-play goal. In fact, all four goals that New Jersey scored up to this point were on the man advantage. This is the first time in New Jersey Devils history that the two brothers Hughes have scored in the same game.
That is something that the New Jersey Devils are hoping happens all the time. They drafted each of these kids in the top five for a reason. They are expected to be a part of the team’s core for a long time.
Unfortunately, Bo Horvat decided to respond to another goal by a Hughes brother to tie the game. This one came with 1:11 left in regulation. To overtime, they went. Up to this point, this was an incredibly good hockey game.
It got even better for New Jersey Devils fans when Jack Hughes scored his second goal of the game (and fourth point) to win it. This was an excellent way for the New Jersey Devils to add another win. Jack is a superstar, and he is genuinely playing like one right now.
Jack is the only NHL player with 10 points at this moment in time. He is the only New Jersey Devils player to ever have 10 points through the team’s first four games. It is remarkable what he is doing right now. He scored that overtime goal thanks to a sneaky shift and elite shot.
The Hughes brothers will lead this team to many victories, just like this one. Seeing them both score in this game is just a glimpse of what is to come. Now that Luke is on the board, he can focus on continuing his development this season. This is an exciting time.