Tyler Toffoli’s hat trick leads the Devils to victory over the Canadiens

MONTREAL — Tyler Toffoli scored a hat trick against his former team to lead New Jersey Devils to win 5:2 over Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday evening.

Alexander Holtz and Nico Hischier also scored for New Jersey, and Jack Hughes continued his hot start to the season with four assists. Vítek Vaneček stopped 27 shots.

Hughes, who entered the contest tied for third in the league in scoring, has 14 points in five games.

Justin Barron and Mike Matheson scored for Montreal, which won 3-1 at Buffalo on Monday.

Canadiens goaltender Cayden Primeau made 29 saves in his first start of the season. Montreal was one of five teams to start the season with three netminders on the roster.

The Devils went 2-for-4 on the power play. The Canadiens were 1-for-4.

Tied at 1 late in the second period, Toffoli took a cross-ice pass from Hughes and buried a wrist shot past Primeau.

Toffoli, 31, played parts of two seasons with the Canadiens, including 28 goals in 52 games before Montreal reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2020-21.

Hischier extended New Jersey’s lead with a power play goal 34 seconds into the third period, converting a feed from Hughes at the side of the net.

A few minutes later, Toffoli added a goal on the power play when he scored with a wrist shot outside the tie.

Matheson got one back for Montreal, who pulled the goalie into a power play with nine minutes left. Matheson’s first goal of the season came after he slipped the puck under Vanecek’s pads to complete an end-to-end drive.

The Canadiens pressured the goaltender for most of the final four minutes, but Toffoli hit an empty net on the third.

Montreal opened the scoring when Barron slammed in a Michael Pezzetta rebound at 5:49 of the first period.

Alexander Holtz scored off a rebound seconds after a New Jersey power play to tie the game at 6:36 in the first.

SAVARD DELAYED BY FRACTURE

Veteran Canadiens defenseman David Savard is out six to eight weeks with a broken left hand.

Savard left Monday’s win at Buffalo midway through the third period after blocking several shots, one of which knocked off his skate blade, for penalties.

Savard, 33, joins center Kirby Dach (knee) and defenseman Kaiden Guhle (upper body) as recent additions to the Canadiens’ injured list.

Montreal recalled 25-year-old Gustav Lindstrom from their AHL affiliate.

NEXT UP

Devils: Open a three-game homestand against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.

Canadiens: Host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday in the second game of a three-game homestand.

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