NEWARK, NJ (NWN) – The Calgary Flames continue to win away and Andrew Manjiapane’s goal is the main reason.
Manjiapane scored two of Calgary’s four goals in the first period and the Flames extended their winning streak to four games in a 5-3 win over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.
Milan Lucic, Elias Lindholm and Matthew Tkachuk also scored for the Flames. Calgary reserve goalkeeper Dan Vladar made 27 saves.
“We scored on some early opportunity and I think it was the difference in the game,” said Manjiapane, who also scored twice on Monday night 5-1 over the New York Rangers. “We had a good start. We knew we needed to come out strong and put our feet up. “
Pavel Zaha scored two goals and Dawson Mercer also scored for the Devils.
Nico Dawes conceded three goals from seven shots in his second career start before being canceled in favor of Scott Wedgwood, who finished with 20 saves.
“We just lost the wall fights. our puck fights, our 50-50 fights weren’t good, ”said Devils coach Lindy Ruff. “Most of our pain was caused by ourselves. They got to the pucks faster. They deserve leadership. “
The Flames have won all four games on their current trip to Pittsburgh on Thursday. The Devils finished their season-opening five-game home stance, which they won three times.
“We played well against a young team that hadn’t played away yet,” said Flames coach Darryl Sutter.
Calgary’s victory over New Jersey was the seventh in a row. This was the first meeting between the teams since November 7, 2019, when the Flames won 5-2 in Calgary.
Calgary have improved to 3-0-0 this season against the Capital Division and 4-0-0 against the Eastern Conference teams.
“We learn a lot to play right,” added Sutter, who has coached the Flames for the second time after leading the Los Angeles Kings to Stanley Cup titles in 2012 and 2014. “This team works and plays a lot. together and play correctly.
Lucic opened the score – 6:35 from the first. After a pass from defender Eric Goodbranson, Lucic single-handedly rolled down the left flank and shot past Dawes, scoring his first goal of the season. Defender Oliver Keelington assisted after playing his 100th career game.
“Takeoff speed? You know, in fact, I think it all started with Eric playing up quickly and I got a good bounce, ”said Lucic. “It’s always nice to get the first one, especially in a row. It all starts with the players, but also with the coaching staff. Especially Darryl, he puts a lot of emphasis on getting us off to a good start. “
Manjiapane scored a goal unaided 2-0 at 10:08.
Lindholm extended his power lead to 3-0 in his seventh game of the season with a 12:10 score.
At this point, Dawes, the rookie, stepped back from his second career start. Dawes defeated Buffalo in overtime 2-1 on Saturday in his NHL debut. Ruff said this young networker was not to blame for his team’s early shortages.
“If you’re going to give up the break without even letting it flow into the game, you cannot criticize the goalkeeper tonight,” Raff said.
With a goal, Lindholm’s streak reached six games. Rasmus Andersson and Johnny Gaudreau assisted.
Manjiapane met Wedgwood with his second goal of the game and seventh of the season, making it 4-0 at 12:56 pm. The 25-year-old striker said his recent scoring successes are mostly a byproduct of his teammates’ hard work.
“The players here just kind of find me. This is definitely good, ”he said. “Obviously, getting two points is more important.”
The Flames beat the Devils 10-4 in the first period and 12-9 in the second.
Zaha scored New Jersey’s first goal at 7:01 am second, his third of the season.
In the third, Tkachuk made the score 5: 1, scoring the majority at 11:18, with a pass to Lindholm and Sean Monahan.
Mercer scored his second best of the season at 11:51, before Zaha scored his second best of the season at 16:59 to complete the scoring.
“We didn’t play the first couple of shifts, and such teams can kind of turn that into goals,” Zaha said. “We left our goalkeeper there without any help.”
Vladar won for the second time this season.
Lucic, who was with the Boston Bruins when they won the Stanley Cup in 2011, said he already loves the look of these updated Flames after Calgary missed the playoffs last season.
“We’ve added a few veteran guys and we’re playing great as a team,” he said. “This is what the good teams I played for. This is something that we must continue to work on and move forward in order to remain a good team. “
The Devils gave Flames striker Blake Coleman a video tribute early in the first period. Coleman, 29, has been a fan favorite for four seasons with The Devils. In February 2020, he was traded to Tampa Bay and won two Stanley Cups with Lightning. In July, he signed a six-year, $ 29.4 million deal with the Flames.
The Devils continued to play without striker Jack Hughes, who suffered an upper body injury on October 19 against Seattle. New Jersey also scratched goalkeeper Jonathan Bernier, striker Marian Studenik and defender Christian Jaros. Calgary knocked out striker Brad Richardson and defenders Nikita Zadorov and Michael Stone.
The Blaze: Visit the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday night for the last game of five games.
Devils: Visit the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.
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