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Devils' Jimmy Hayes must show quickly he belongs (25th Jan 18 at 9:19am UTC)Quote Reply

The veteran right wing from Dorchester, Mass., who played for his hometown Bruins the past two seasons, dressed for his second game in a row as the Devils lost 3-2 on Tuesday night at TD Garden after being a healthy scratch the previous 13 games.

Taylor Hall’s hand injury opened a spot for Hayes, who has three goals and six assists in 25 games after earning a contract off a training camp invite.

“Being back in the lineup and to feel like you’re contributing and finding ways to help the team win, it’s a lot better to do it than just by watching,” Hayes said. “I’ve been through it before. You learn to be a good teammate and continue to push the guys. You just want to make sure your team keeps winning.”

Hall sat out his second straight game and did not travel to Boston.

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While the Wild were idle, the rest of the Central Division was going 8-0-1 during the week, meaning Minnesota has more ground to make up in the quest for a return to the playoffs. Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said he watched division rivals win games all week, powerless to do anything about it.

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It took him precisely 12 seconds to exact his revenge.

Boeser scored twice in the second period — including on that two-man advantage — and the Canucks cruised to a 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.

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The 20-year-old Boeser emphatically buried his second goal of the night and 24th of the season, which leads both the Canucks and all NHL rookies.


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