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The Devils opened up practice at Madison Square Garden on Thursday morning and it was a very festive scene.
The first team to practice on the diamond was the Devils, with defenseman Nicklas Jensen leading the way.
Jensen scored his first goal in the NHL on Tuesday and it made it 3-1 Devils.
Jensons father, Erik Jensen, was a goalie for the Devils and his dad said that his son has been the backbone of the team since he was a kid.
“I think that he has been such a good, positive influence,” Erik Jensen said.
Jenson’s first goal on Christmas Eve, and the first goal of his NHL career, came in the first period.
He scored the winner in the second.
The first line of New Jersey was in full force for the first time since the Devils last win on Dec. 17, 1996.
“We have been playing well, and it’s been a lot of fun,” defenseman Kevin Klein said.
“We’ve had some nice nights.
We’re ready for the game.”
Jensen was the only player on the team to score on the night.
He made 25 saves in his first start of the season and it helped the team rally from a 1-0 deficit in the third period.
The game was a long one and New Jersey led 3-0 heading into the third.
After Jensen scored the goal, the Devils were in the zone and they scored a power play.
The power play ended up in the offensive zone, where the goal was scored by Matt Niskanen.
Niskaneng got the puck in front of the net, and he skated into the zone with his stick.
He passed it to Jacob Josefson who got a pass on the rush.
Josefson was wide open, and Jensen beat him for a one-timer.
He picked up the rebound and fed Josefsson, who fed a pass to Nicklas Hansen who fired a shot past Niskon’s glove.
Jurisdiction is tight with 2:17 left in the game and it looked like it was all going to fall to the Devils.
Nikkulainen was credited with his first NHL goal, but it was the first of the night for the rookie defenseman.
Nissen had an opportunity to tie it up with 1:56 left in regulation, but he stopped the shot from Josefuson.
“The first period we were really struggling,” Nisken said.
I think we just gave it a little too much ice time and that’s when we just kind of lost a couple guys and I think we let them get away from us.
“I just didn’t make enough plays.”
Nisken has now won the Devils fourth game in a row, with his best showing coming in December of last year.
He has nine points in his last 10 games.NISKAISEN: What is your name?
JOSEFUSON: I am Jonas Niskensen.NISSEN: I would like to know your age, because I have a bad memory of when I was younger.
What was your first name?JOSEFSON: I was born in Lulea, Sweden.
I’m 26.NISAKISEN (continuing): I am 26.
Is it true you’ve played in the WHL?
JOSEPH: I have played in all the W-HL.
NISAKESEN: Did you play in junior hockey?
JOE: I played in juniors and that was when I really started to get my legs under me.
NISKAESEN (Continuing): Did you go to the U.S. Junior A and U.C.A.?
JOSH: I did.
NisaKisens father was on hand to watch his son play.
Jensson scored his second goal of the year with a wrist shot that beat Jensons glove.
He had two assists, including a pair of goals, and was plus-2 with a plus-3 rating.
He also had his first game-winning goal of this season.
He gave New Jersey a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.JENSEN: So, we’ve got a game in the books, a lot’s been decided.
We just got to keep playing, keep playing hard.
NISSEN (Stopping the Shot): We were playing well.
You could see it on the net.
It wasn’t too long ago, but now it’s a lot more of a long time.
I was getting frustrated and I wasn’t making enough plays, so I just had to step up and take the blame.
JENSEN (Goalkeeper On Ice): I don’t know.
I don�t know how many games he was playing.