Devils’ 13-game win streak halted in 2-1 loss to Maple Leafs

Nov 23, 2022, 5:06 AM | Updated: 8:45 pm
Toronto Maple Leafs right wing William Nylander (88) knocks down a canned beverage thrown by a spec...

Toronto Maple Leafs right wing William Nylander (88) knocks down a canned beverage thrown by a spectator after the team's NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, in Newark, N.J. The Maple Leafs won 2-1. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

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              Toronto Maple Leafs right wing William Nylander (88) knocks down a canned beverage thrown by a spectator after the team's NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, in Newark, N.J. The Maple Leafs won 2-1. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
            
              The Toronto Maple Leafs leave their bench during the third period of an NHL hockey game after fans starting throwing objects onto the ice after three New Jersey Devils goals had been disallowed, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, in Newark, N.J. The Maple Leafs won 2-1. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
            
              Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (34) controls the puck past New Jersey Devils defenseman Damon Severson during the third period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, in Newark, N.J. The Maple Leafs won 2-1. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
            
              New Jersey Devils goaltender Vitek Vanecek skates to the net during the third period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Toronto Maple Leafs osn Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, in Newark, N.J. The Maple Leafs won 2-1. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
            
              New Jersey Devils defenseman Dougie Hamilton (7) and teammates celebrate his goal, as Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Timothy Liljegren (37) skates past during the third period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, in Newark, N.J. The Maple Leafs won 2-1. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
            
              Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Pontus Holmberg (29) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, in Newark, N.J. The Maple Leafs won 2-1. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
            
              New Jersey Devils defenseman Ryan Graves (33) and Toronto Maple Leafs' John Tavares (91), Mitchell Marner (16) and Auston Matthews (34) avoid flying objects during the third period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, in Newark, N.J. Fans were reacting to a New Jersey Devils goal being disallowed for the third time. The Maple Leafs won 2-1. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
            
              Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Pontus Holmberg (29) scores a goal past New Jersey Devils goaltender Vitek Vanecek during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
            
              Toronto Maple Leafs center Alexander Kerfoot (15) keeps the puck from New Jersey Devils right wing Nathan Bastian during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
            
              Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Matt Murray (30) makes a save in front of New Jersey Devils left wing Tomas Tatar during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
            
              Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Pontus Holmberg, left, is congratulated by Timothy Liljegren (37) and Rasmus Sandin (38) after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
            
              New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier reacts after a goal was disallowed during the second period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
            
              Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Matt Murray makes a save against the New Jersey Devils during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
            
              New Jersey Devils coach Lindy Ruff reacts after a goal was called off during the second period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils’ franchise-record tying 13-game winning streak came to an ugly end, real ugly.

Matt Murray made 34 saves and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Devils 2-1 Wednesday night in a game in which New Jersey had three goals disallowed. The final disallowed goal resulted in fans pelting the ice with debris, causing play to be stopped for more than five minutes.

“Nobody feels good. I don’t feel good,” said Devils coach Lindy Ruff, whose team also hit two goalposts. “I don’t like the feeling. I don’t like the losing; I know it’s been a while, but you don’t want that feeling. Now you gotta get over that and get ready for your next game.”

While the Maple Leafs enjoyed their seventh win in 11 games (7-1-3) and the goals by John Tavares and Pontus Holmberg, they were miffed about the debris, including cans of beer, that whizzed by their heads.

“You take cover,” said Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe, whose team briefly went to the locker room. “It’s all you can do. I’ve been through that experience a few other times … but I felt like it could get dangerous.”

The three overturned goals riled the sellout crowd at the Prudential Center, but the calls appeared correct.

Goals by Nate Bastian and Damon Severson waved off in the first and second periods, respectively, for goaltender interference. A short-handed tally by Erik Haula was overruled by officials because he kicked the puck into the net. The fact the puck hit off the stake off a Leafs’ player didn’t alter the ruling.

Haula skated onto the ice to try to get the fans to stop tossing debris.

“I don’t care if I get a beer spilt on me but I got gear on. There’s other people there and you’d hate to see somebody get knocked with something in the head,” said Haula, who added he was hit by a chicken finger.

Toronto became the first team to beat the Devils (16-4) since Washington on Oct. 24.

“We needed to get a win here today, no matter who we’re playing,” Keefe said. “I mean, that’s a tremendous hockey team over there. And they deserve everything that they’ve gotten here to date. … This is a character win for our team.”

Dougie Hamilton scored on a tip-in with 5:08 to play, bringing the Prudential Center crowd into the game.

Murray made a half-dozen saves in the final minutes, stopping Jesper Bratt, Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier twice on good chances.

“At the end of the game, it was gritty,” Murray said.

The Devils’ winning streak tied for the fifth-longest in NHL history and was four games shy of the record set by Mario Lemieux and the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1993. New Jersey’s other 13-game run was in 2001.

“It’s definitely frustrating, 100%, but nothing we can do,” Hischier said. “Refs make the call and there’s nothing that’s going to change it, so we got to stick with it … .”

Murray was outstanding, particularly in the final 40 minutes, stopping 29 of 30 shots.

Mitch Marner set up Tavares’ 12th goal of the season, outworking Hamilton and Jonas Siegenthaler along the boards and behind the net and finding the Leafs captain in front, where he beat Vitek Vanecek at 11:41.

Less than three minutes later, Leafs defenseman Rasmus Sandin closed from the point to keep the puck in the Devils zone. It slid to Holmberg, who scored his first NHL goal at 14:03.

TRADE

With Morgan Reilly out with a knee injury, Toronto acquired defenseman Conor Timmins from the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday for forward Curtis Douglas. Timmons had no points in two games with the Coyotes this season. Douglas, 22, was a fourth-round pick (No. 106) by the Dallas Stars in the 2018 NHL Draft.

UP NEXT:

Maple Leafs: At Minnesota on Friday.

Devils: At Buffalo on Friday night.

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