Skating up the ice on a 2-on-1 with Damon Everson in overtime, Taylor Hall decided to keep the puck and came through with the winning goal. Hall scored 1:28 into the extra period, beating Vancouver goalie Jacob Markstrom through the legs to lift the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 victory over the Canucks on Sunday. ''On that 2-on-1, when both guys have a lot of speed, it's tough for Damon to pivot and open up for a one-timer there,'' Hall said.
The Boston Bruins, offensively challenged throughout the first half of the season, have to hope recent games are a sign they have turned the scoring corner. Coming off a 6-3 home win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, Boston hosts the floundering New York Islanders in a Monday matinee thinking they may be onto something scoring-wise. The Bruins, who have scored two goals or less in 26 of their 46 games, have scored 19 in their last five, and 37 in their last 12.
The Washington Capitals showed they could get away with a slow start and still pull out another win. Despite a sluggish beginning that forced backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer to be on top of his game, the Capitals' offense came to life in a 5-0 blowout of the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday. Washington has won a season-best nine in a row to climb atop the Metropolitan Division, Eastern Conference and NHL standings with 63 points.