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The Hart Trophy Goes To Taylor Hall

via NHL PR,

Left wing Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils has won the Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team,” as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Hall received 72 first-place tallies among the 164 ballots cast and garnered 1,264 voting points to edge Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, the top choice of 60 voters for 1,194 points. It marked the closest Hart Trophy race since 2012-13, when Alex Ovechkin (WSH) edged Sidney Crosby (PIT), 1,090-1,058. Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar finished third in balloting with 551 points.

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Brian Boyle Wins The Bill Masterton Trophy

via NHL PR,

New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle is the 2017-18 recipient of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.” The award was presented by the Professional Hockey Writers Association to honor the late Bill Masterton, a player for the Minnesota North Stars who exhibited those qualities. Masterton died on Jan. 15, 1968, as a result of an on-ice injury.

Before Boyle set foot on the ice as a Devil, he faced his biggest test. At the start of training camp, the 33-year-old was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, a type of bone marrow cancer. He worked his way back into the lineup by Nov. 1 and notched 10 goals over his first 25 games, including a memorable goal on New Jersey’s Hockey Fights Cancer Night at Prudential Center, a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Nov. 24. Boyle missed just three games after his season debut and represented the Devils at the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game in Tampa. While handling his own illness, his family and his career, Boyle has approached every day with the same optimistic attitude and perseverance that has inspired and lifted the Devils’ locker room.

A $2,500 grant from the PHWA is awarded annually to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund, based in Bloomington, Minn., in the name of the Masterton Trophy winner.

Other finalists for this year’s honor were Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers and Jordan Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes.

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The Season Comes To An End For The New Jersey Devils

from Chris Ryan of NJ.com,

Their playoff run ended after five games with a first-round defeat at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who finished off a 4-1 series win with a 3-1 Game 5 victory on Saturday at Amalie Arena.

The Devils made a positive step to get to the playoffs in 2017-18, but the postseason showed there is still work to be done.

Few people outside the Devils' locker room pegged them as a playoff team in 2017-18, yet they rode a red-hot start past several obstacles throughout the season, then used a red-hot finish to snap a playoff drought that dated back to 2012.

Following a last-place finish in the Eastern Conference in 2016-17, earning a playoff spot this season was a big jump for the franchise, which the team needs to use as a step toward more serious contention.

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Videos- Tampa Bay Lightning Advance To Round Two

Tampa beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 to win the series 4-1.

Game highlights first, below the handshakes.


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Big Game By Nikita Kucherov Puts The Tampa Bay Lightning One Game Away From Advancing

from Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times,

Bachman-Turner Overdrive's Taking Care of Business shook the walls of the Lightning locker room not long after it dispatched the Devils in Wednesday's Game 4 of their first-round playoff series.

The 3-1 win was sparked by Nikita Kucherov, who put his game into overdrive with two goals, an assist, a game-high seven shots and a big first-period hit that might have set the tone for the rest of the game.

"For sure," J.T. Miller said. "Any time you see one of your top offensive players and one of the best in the league offensively hit a guy like that, that's a big-time hit. That gives the group a spark. I think that was a big part of the first period.

"When he's involved, engaged physically like that, it sends a message to the team that everybody's got to be engaged. This is a big game, and from there on out, we played a really solid game."

Kucherov's hit on Sami Vatanen near the Devils' bench knocked the defenseman from the game with an upper-body injury and sparked retaliation and several minor scuffles.


Watch the game highlights below and the Kucherov hit on Vatanen if you missed it last night.

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Video- Nikita Kucherov Hit On Sami Vatanen

via Sportsnet,

Sami Vatanen would head to the locker room after taking big hit from Nikita Kucherov.

To me, it looks like the recent Doughty hit.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning Let The New Jersey Devils Get Back In The Series

from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,

The Lightning got what it deserved Monday night in a 5-2 loss at New Jersey. Take dumb penalties at bad times and you lose games. The Lightning took two really dumb penalties and it cost it a chance to take a 3-0 stranglehold on the series.

Now it's in a dog fight.

The Lightning had a 2-1 lead early in the third period when forward Cedric Paquette took a tripping penalty 200 feet from his own net. That can't happen. Ever. But especially in a one-goal game in the third period of a crucial playoff game. The Lightning then compounded the problem by taking a too many men on the ice penalty, giving the Devils a 5-on-3 power play.

The Devils tied the score. They added the winner later in the period, then a couple of empty-netters, but it was the tying goal that will keep the Lightning shaking its head until Game 4 on Wednesday. You're looking for how Game 3 got away? That was it....

...The Lightning is a better hockey team — more skilled, more talented, better. It needs to stick to hockey. It if gets into nonsense and revenge, it'll be playing right into New Jersey's hands.

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Below, watch the scrum near the end of the game and the game highlights.

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Video- Victor Hedman Says Hello To Nico Hischier

Nico Hischier doesn't appreciate it.

Suspension, nah, maybe a fine.


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Videos- In Case You Missed The Afternoon Games

highlight videos via Sportsnet's YouTube channel

Tampa Bay Lightning 5 New Jersey Devils 3



Nashville Predators 5 Colorado Avalanche 4

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Taylor Hall Has Finally Moved On

from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,

Taylor Hall is picturing a recent memory, unremarkable yet personally momentous. It was early last fall, a couple days into his second Devils training camp. Beneath clear skies and a brilliant sun, Hall was lounging on the outdoor pool deck of his high-rise complex in Jersey City, finally feeling settled after the June 2016 blockbuster that brought him there from Edmonton. His apartment was furnished, his car was registered, his state license obtained … so much life-cluttering “little crap” sorted out. He looked around, digesting the scene. “OK, this is normal,” he thought. “This is home.”

Wounded in the wake of the trade, a one-for-one swap with defenseman Adam Larsson, Hall had spoken with Devils general manager Ray Shero, who likened what Hall would experience leaving the Oilers–the organization that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2009–to the death of a family member.

“I’m giving you one year,” Shero told him. “Then you’ve got to move on.”

Even Hall will admit that the mourning period lasted until that time limit hit triple zeroes, no doubt worsened by New Jersey’s last-place finish and Edmonton’s run to the second round. Relocating was a yearlong adjustment too, since Hall knew almost none of his new teammates and absolutely nothing about the area. Shero looks back and laughs at how long he took to discover the tollbooth magic of EZ Pass.

Then came summer. Between a revamped training regimen and two illuminating meetings–not to mention a trip to Coachella with then-teammate Dalton Prout–Hall returned having rounded a personal corner.


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