Jack Hughes’ second goal gives Devils wild OT win over Oilers

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  • Edmonton Oilers
    Edmonton Oilers
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  • New Jersey Devils
    New Jersey Devils
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  • Jack Hughes
    Jack Hughes
    American ice hockey player
  • Lindy Ruff
    Canadian ice hockey player and coach
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  • Kailer Yamamoto
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Jack Hughes celebrates a goal in Devils red uniform
Jack Hughes celebrates a goal in Devils red uniform

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Jack Hughes scored 2:55 into overtime and New Jersey beat the Edmonton Oilers 6-5 on Friday after Devils coach Lindy Ruff tested positive for COVID-19 hours before the game.

Hughes finished with two goals and an assist. Nico Hischier, rookie Dawson Mercer and Janne Kuokkanen also scored for the Devils, who earned their second straight win after dropping six in a row.

New Jersey was down before Yegor Sharangovich scored on a deflection with 32 seconds left in regulation.

Connor McDavid and Kailer Yamamoto had two goals apiece for Edmonton, which dropped its second straight. Devin Shore also scored.

Oilers goaltender Mike Smith overcame a shaky start to finish with 35 saves. He probably would have liked the game-winner back because Hughes’ shot from the top of the left circle seemed to squeeze through his pads.

Smith had stopped Hughes on a breakaway early in the overtime.

The Oilers rallied to take a 5-4 lead when Shore and Yamamoto scored in a 72-second span against Mackenzie Blackwood in the third period. Yamamoto’s goal irked the Devils because they felt they controlled the puck to allow the officials to call a delayed penalty.

Alain Nasreddine, who ran the Devils with Ruff out, challenged the call. The officials studied the replay for more than five minutes because announcing the goal could not be challenged.

McDavid tied it at 3 when he scored on a breakaway at 7:57 of the second period. McDavid was set up by a pinpoint pass from defenseman Duncan Keith.

NATIONAL ANTHEM

The crowd at the Prudential Center didn’t miss a beat when the sound went out during the Canadian national anthem, joining in to provide the vocals until the teenager singing came back live.

UP NEXT

Oilers: Head to New York to face the Islanders on New Year’s Day in the third of a five-game road trip.

Devils: Face the Capitals in Washington on Sunday.