The Devils erupted for 7 goals while rallying from a three-goal deficit against the Blackhawks.
CHICAGO — If you blinked, you may have missed the Devils score on Sunday.
Forward Miles Wood recorded his first career hat trick, while the Devils erased a three-goal deficit by scoring five straight, giving them a wild 7-5 over the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center.
The seven goals marked a season high for the Devils, and it marked the first time they scored seven since March 17, 2016, in a 7-4 win over the Minnesota Wild at the Prudential Center.
Things started ugly for the Devils. Artem Anisimov tipped in a goal to start the scoring 41 seconds into play, putting the Blackhawks up 1-0.
Miles Wood quickly pulled the Devils even at 1-1 with his fourth goal of the season at 3:40 of the first. He finished a shot following a chaotic play around the net, with Drew Stafford and Taylor Hall getting assists.
But the Blackhawks appeared to blow things open when they scored three straight goals over a 3:20 stretch in the first period. Alex Debrincat, started the scoring at 13:41 for a 2-1 lead, followed by goals from Jan Rutta and Tanner Kero 22 seconds apart.
The Devils’ offense wasn’t going to go quietly. Wood scored his second of the game to get the Devils back within 4-2 before the end of the first period, and it started the string of five straight goals to put the Devils on top.
Defenseman Andy Greene finished a tic-tac-toe play by scoring his second of the season at the left post off passes from Stefan Noesen and Blake Coleman at 3:07 of the second period.
Nico Hischier tied the game at 4-4 when he used a Kyle Palmieri to score his third goal of the season from the slot at 6:52.
Hall then gave the Devils the lead when he slid a shot under Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford at 12:15, and Brian Gibbons made it a 6-4 game at 17:05 by scoring his team-leading eighth goal of the season.
A perfect second period had a disastrous ending when Brian Boyle took a cross-checking penalty with 8.5 seconds left in the frame, and the Patrick Kane scored a power-play goal five seconds later to make it a 6-5 game prior to intermission.
Wood punched in his third goal of the game at 2:21 of the third period, giving the Devils some insurance. After he got a couple shots off at the crease earlier in his shift, Wood finally jammed one past Anton Forsberg, who replaced Crawford to start the third period.
Two Devils hit career point milestones during the second-period rally. Greene’s goal put him at 200 points for his career, while Hall’s goal gave him 400 career points. He reached 399 on his first-period assist.
Devils defenseman Mirco Mueller took a high check early in the first period of Sunday’s game. He left and did not return with an upper body injury.
The Devils will head back to Newark for a few days. They will have an off day on Monday after their back-to-back over the weekend, and they will practice on Tuesday and Wednesday. Following Wednesday’s practice, they will fly to Toronto for Thursday’s game agaisnt the Maple Leafs. They will continue their road trip with games against the Winnipeg Jets and Minnesota Wild.