NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Stefan Noesen scored on a rebound with 4:07 to play and added an empty net goal as New Jersey rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat Anaheim Ducks 5-3 on Monday night in the first game between the teams since the late November trade that sent defenseman Sami Vatanen to the Devils for the popular Adam Henrique.
Myles Wood had two goals, Jesper Bratt also scored and Brian Boyle added three assists as the Devils won their second straight game to start a six-game homestand. Cory Schneider had 21 saves and was helped by a goalpost on a shot by Rickard Rakell during a power play before Neosen, a former Duck, scored the go-ahead goal.
Henrique had a wonderful return, scoring a spectacular goal and adding an assist as the Ducks had their point-scoring streak snapped at seven games (3-0-4). Ryan Getzlaf and Jakob Silfverberg also scored for Anaheim. Ryan Miller had 29 saves in losing for the first time in regulation (3-1-4) this season.
Noesen put in his own rebound for his fourth goal of the season. His empty-net tally came after Schneider stopped Henrique in front after the Ducks pulled Miller.
The Devils twice rallied from two-goal deficits, tying the game 3-all on a wrist shot by Bratt at 5:49 of the third period. The rookie’s 10th goal came just seconds after he finished serving New Jersey’s first penalty of the game.
Trailing 3-1 late in the second period, Wood scored on a shot from the right circle that Miller seemed to miss.
Henrique had given Anaheim a 3-1 lead 11:21 into the period with a spectacular goal just seconds after a Ducks penalty ended. He took a pass from Josh Manson, skated into center ice and then flipped the puck over Vatanen into the Devils’ zone. He beat the defenseman to the puck and then beat Schneider with a slick backhander into the top of the net.
Getzlaf and Silfverberg had staked the Ducks to a 2-0 first-period lead.
Getzlaf, who returned to the lineup last week after missing 19 games with a fractured cheekbone, beat Schneider at 6:44 on a 2-on-1 break. Henrique made an outstanding breakoff pass from in front of his net that caught Andrew Cogliano in stride for a great setup on Silfverberg’s ninth goal from in front.
Wood got the Devils back in the game, deflecting Vatanen’s power-play shot past Miller at 8:11
NOTES: Ducks F Joseph Blandisi, who was sent to Anaheim along with Henrique, was a healthy scratch. … The Ducks had killed off 16 straight penalties over the last six games before Wood scored. … Joey Anderson, the Minnesota-Duluth forward who was the Devils’ third-round draft pick in 2016, was named the captain of the U.S. National Junior Team for next year’s world championship in Buffalo, New York.
Ducks: Cross the Hudson River to face the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.
Devils: Host the Rangers on Thursday night.
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