The Devils got a character win over the Blackhawks.
CHICAGO — Devils players didn’t have too many kind words for their play in the first period of Sunday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks.
“Garbage,” and “Terrible,” said captain Andy Greene.
“Bad,” said forward Miles Wood.
Forward Nico Hischier used an adjective not safe for print.
But despite getting outplayed in every facet and going down 4-1 in the first 17 minutes, the Devils never lost faith.
“I thought Chicago, plain and simply, outcompeted us in the first period,’ Devils coach John Hynes said. “We weren’t engaged in the game, and then we just said we have to get ourselves engaged in the game to give ourselves a chance to comeback and because we got more engaged, we got more scoring opportunities. Fortunately the puck went in the net for us, and that gives you some life and some energy and some buy in that the competing is going to make a difference, and I think that’s what turned it a little bit.”
Wood’s hat trick powers rally
It turned more than just a little bit, with the Devils scoring five straight goals to take a lead they never surrendered in a 7-5 win over the Blackhawks at the United Center.
Wood’s hat trick led the way offensively, and he kept the Devils alive with his first two goals in the first period. His second pulled them within 4-2 prior to intermission, and the Devils collectively said enough was enough.
“We battled hard in the second and the third,” Hischier said. “That first period was a little bit (expletive). We came back out there strong and battled hard. At the end, really great team work. It’s nice to be a part of this team. We can compete really good and get those Ws.”
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Source:: New Jersey Real -Time Sports