Boqvist helps Devils beat Coyotes 4-2 for 9th straight

Nov 12, 2022, 5:10 AM | Updated: 7:59 pm
New Jersey Devils defenseman Dougie Hamilton (7) goes to the banch after scoring a goal against the...

New Jersey Devils defenseman Dougie Hamilton (7) goes to the banch after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)

(AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)

              New Jersey Devils goaltender Akira Schmid makes a save against Arizona Coyotes center Nick Bjugstad during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)
            
              Arizona Coyotes right wing Clayton Keller (9) scores a goal against New Jersey Devils goaltender Akira Schmid (40) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)
            
              New Jersey Devils center Jack Hughes celebrates with left wing Tomas Tatar (90) after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)
            
              New Jersey Devils goaltender Akira Schmid makes a save against Arizona Coyotes center Barrett Hayton (29) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)
            
              Arizona Coyotes right wing Dylan Guenther celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)
            
              New Jersey Devils left wing Miles Wood (44) plays the puck against Arizona Coyotes defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (14) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)
            
              New Jersey Devils left wing Tomas Tatar reacts after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)
            
              New Jersey Devils center Jack Hughes reacts after scoring a goal against Arizona Coyotes defenseman Josh Brown and goaltender Karel Vejmelka during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)
            
              Ottawa Senators right wing Claude Giroux (28) works with the puck next to New Jersey Devils left wing Erik Haula (56) during the overtime of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022, in Newark, N.J. The Devils won 4-3. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)
            
              New Jersey Devils celebrate after an NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022, in Newark, N.J. The Devils won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)
            
              New Jersey Devils center Yegor Sharangovich (17) skates with the puck during the third period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022, in Newark, N.J. The Devils won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)
            
              New Jersey Devils center Jack Hughes celebrates with New Jersey Devils left wing Tomas Tatar (90) after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)
            
              New Jersey Devils left wing Tomas Tatar (90) reacts after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)
            
              New Jersey Devils center Jack Hughes (86) plays the puck between Arizona Coyotes defensemen Juuso Valimaki (4) and J.J. Moser (90) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)
            
              New Jersey Devils defenseman Dougie Hamilton (7) goes to the banch after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Jesper Boqvist’s first goal of the season provided the spark the New Jersey Devils needed to keep their hot streak going.

Boqvist scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and the Devils beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-2 Saturday night for their ninth straight win.

“Timely goal scoring by different guys,” Devils coach Lindy Ruff said. “I even think tonight you know Bo getting on the score sheet, that gave us some energy, that got us going. Soon after we scored another one. … I think it’s been a total team effort. A lot of guys have contributed to the fact that we’ve been able to win that amount of games.”

Tomas Tatar had a goal and an assist, and Jack Hughes and Dougie Hamilton also scored for the Devils, who have their longest streak since winning nine in a row Nov. 17-Dec. 7, 2007. Third-string goalie Akira Schmid had 16 saves in his first start of the season.

“For me, it’s just pushing the pace, getting to my spots early and getting set for shots,” Schmid said. “It’s all about getting to the shots, that’s just main key for me.

Dylan Guenther and Clayton Keller scored for Arizona, which had won the first three games of its season-high 14-game road trip. Karel Vejmelka finished with 22 saves.

“Too many turnovers,” Arizona coach André Tourigny said. “We dig in our tank of energy way too much. When you turn the puck over, you have to work twice as hard to defend.”

Boqvist put the Devils ahead 3-2 with 8:41 left as he converted his own rebound for his first of the season.

Hamilton’s power-play goal with 5:45 remaining gave New Jersey a two-goal lead.

Tatar scored 6:29 into the game to put the Devils up 1-0.

Guenther tied it with a power-play goal at 9:04, but Hughes put the Devils back ahead just 23 seconds later with his fifth.

Devils fans started the season yelling, “Fire Lindy” chants directed at head coach Lindy Ruff. At the end of the second period with the team in the midst of a long winning streak, they were chanting “Sorry, Lindy!” throughout the Prudential Center.

“I accept the apology and maybe one day we can all sit down and have a beer and laugh about it,” Ruff said with a smile.

Keller beat Nico Hischier and scored a backhand goal 8:19 into the second to tie it 2-2 on another power-play goal.

Schmid got the start two nights after getting his first NHL win in relief in New Jersey’s win against Ottawa after Vitek Vanecek collided with a Senators player.

ROAD TRIPPING

The Coyotes’ road trip is tied for the longest in NHL history and necessitated while annex construction of Mullett Arena at Arizona State University is completed. The team relocated to a 5,000-seat arena on the college campus while the franchise is seeking approval for a permanent home in Tempe, Arizona.

NOTES

The Devils’ franchise record is 13 straight wins set Feb. 26-March 23, 2001. … New Jersey is 11-0-0 this season when Hischier records a point. He had an assist in this game.

UP NEXT

Coyotes: At the New York Rangers on Sunday night.

Devils: At Montreal on Tuesday night.

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