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Devils nip Stars in OT thanks to Jack Hughes’ big night

DALLAS — Jack Hughes scored his second goal of the game 20 seconds into overtime, lifting the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars on Friday night.

Hughes’ winning goal skipped off the stick of Dallas’ Tyler Seguin and eluded Jake Oettinger as the Devils rallied from a 2-0 deficit and improved to an NHL-best 19-3-2 on the road this season.

Miles Wood also scored and Vitek Vanecek made 33 saves to stretch his personal winning streak to a career-best nine straight games.

The Devils, who are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, earned a split of a road back-to-back after losing 6-4 to Nashville on Thursday night. Five of New Jersey’s last six games have gone past regulation.

Roope Hintz and Ty Dellandrea scored for the Stars, whose last three games have all been 3-2 losses in overtime.

Jack Hughes scores the game-winning OT goal in the Devils' 3-2 win over the Stars.
Jack Hughes scores the game-winning OT goal in the Devils’ 3-2 win over the Stars.
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Jake Oettinger stopped 26 shots for the Stars, who have lost three consecutive games for the first time this season (0-1-2). It’s also the first time Dallas has played three consecutive games beyond regulation since March 2018.

Dellandrea’s opening goal came at 10:50 of the opening period after he skated toward the left corner, spun and lifted the puck toward the crease. It struck the right skate of a backchecking Erik Haula and dribbled under Vanecek into the net.

The Devils celebrate after their overtime victory over the Stars.
The Devils celebrate after their overtime victory over the Stars.
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Hintz’s goal, his 20th of the season and 100th of his five-year NHL career, was scored 5 seconds into a 5-on-3 power play following a Dallas timeout for a 2-0 lead. He blasted a one-timer from the right circle off a faceoff win at 16:44.

The Devils quickly answered in the second period with two goals in the first four minutes to tie it. Hughes scored on a breakaway, converting a two-line outlet pass 65 seconds into the period. Wood also scored on transition during a Dallas change of lines.

Wood ended a 19-game skid without a goal. His only two goals in his past 34 games have come against Dallas.

Dougie Hamilton assisted on both of Hughes’ goals. Hughes has scored 33 goals this season, including 26 in his last 30 games.

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