Devils deny Leafs a shot at perfect season

Friday, 13 October 2017, 03:08:09 PM. Miles Wood and Pavel Zacha each scored twice and New Jersey added a rare 3-on-5 goal as the unbeaten Devils defeated Toronto 6-3 Wednesday night to end the Maple Leafs' perfect start to the NHL season.

Coach Mike Babcock warned his Leafs about the danger of the young Devils but the message apparently did not get through.

Miles Wood and Pavel Zacha each scored twice and the unbeaten New Jersey Devils recorded the franchise's first-ever 3-on-5 goal in a 6-3 win over Toronto on Wednesday night, ending the Maple Leafs' perfect start to the NHL season.

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Babcock was unimpressed by a 50-shot barrage on Devils goaltender Cory Schneider, complaining instead about a lack of effort from his team.

"We didn't have any snap, we didn't have any juice, we didn't win any battles," he said in a pithy post-game news conference that lasted all of two minutes nine seconds.

"We talked quite a lot about this game coming up and how it was going to be," he added. "And that's exactly what I expected. But I expected us to compete and that didn't happen.

"Hockey's fair. You get what you deserve. That's what we deserved tonight ... I can't remember the last time we played with that kind of effort."

Game Wrap: Cory Schneider makes 47 saves to push Devils past Leafs1:36

New Jersey finished 27th in the league last season, some 25 points behind Toronto. But the Leafs had their hands full with the speedy Devils, who look like a different outfit this season thanks to an influx of young talent.

"A lot different, a lot more speed, a lot more skill," said Toronto centre Nazem Kadri. "They've got tough forwards that can skate. That's their identity, similar to us."

Tied 2-2 after 20 minutes — a score Babcock said flattered the Leafs "big-time" — New Jersey (3-0-0) pulled ahead with a pair in the second period despite being outshot 17-12.

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