Taylor Hall, the long-time Edmonton Oiler, is playing his first season as a member of the New Jersey Devils following an off-season trade that he didn't seem to want. The forward scored his first goals of the season on Tuesday as he and Montreal's Al Montoya both had strong nights in the NHL.

The New Jersey Devils beat Anaheim

Hall's Devils were hosting the Anaheim Ducks, a team that remain winless on the season at what is now 0-3-1. Down 1-0 in the game, both of Hall's goals then came in the second period. First he scored the equalizer at 12:35 and then he scored the go-ahead goal at 16:46. The latter goal would hold up for the balance of the period and for the scoreless third period as the Devils defeated the Ducks 3-2.

Hall spoke with DevilsTV after the game in the Devils' lockeroom. "Right off the bat we played a strong game...We've been working on our powerplay a lot and it came through tonight," he said. Hall also credited the crowd for being into the game, however special teams were the offensive story for New Jersey in this one as both of their goals came with the man advantage.

No Carey Price, no problem

Carey Price remains out with the tail-end of the flu, however in his place the Montreal Canadiens could not have asked for better goaltending out of back-up Al Montoya. With the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Bell Centre in downtown Montreal, Montoya posted a shutout for the Canadiens who won 4-0.

Impressively, the shutout wasn't one that was the result of a low-offensive shot output from the opposition.

Montoya stopped 36 shots in the effort and he spoke with HabsTV after the game as well. With a big smile he called the night "awesome" in reference to the atmosphere at the Bell Centre. Tuesday was the home opener in Montreal and the team improved to 2-0-1. The Canadiens, through the first week of play, lead the NHL on goal differential at +6.

Other results

The night around the NHL was averybusy one. Comprehensively, these were the other results on Tuesday (home team listed second). The upset of the night has to be the Vancouver/St. Louis result as it sees the last favorites for the Stanley Cup beat one of the outright favorites (William Hill).

  • Colorado 0, Washington 3
  • San Jose 3, Islanders 2
  • Florida 3, Tampa Bay 4 (shootout)
  • Arizona 4, Ottawa 7
  • Dallas 2, Nashville 1
  • Los Angeles 3, Minnesota 6
  • Philadelphia 4, Chicago 7
  • Buffalo 3, Calgary 4 (overtime)
  • Carolina 2, Edmonton 3 (recap)
  • St. Louis 1, Vancouver 2 (overtime)
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