An influx of offensive-minded rookies has the New Jersey Devils off to a 2-0 start.
Jesper Bratt had two goals and an assist in his second NHL game and the Devils earned a 6-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday.
The Panthers tied the score at 2 on Bjugstad’s goal 1:46 into the second.
Trailing 2-0, the Panthers closed to 2-1 on a power-play goal by Dadanov, who buried a rebound from the slot with 7:42 left in the first.
The Lightning took a 1-0 lead 3 1/2 minutes into the game. A shot by Stamkos hit off the crossbar and Kucherov poked in the rebound.
Namestnikov put the Panthers ahead 2-0 with his power-play goal at Cheap Cycling Jerseys 4:48.
The 19-year-old Bratt, drafted by the Devils in the sixth round in 2016, has five Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Online points in his first two games.
“He’s a really good hockey player already,” said Johansson, who like Bratt, was born in Sweden. “He’s so young, he just got over here, and it’s fun to watch.”
It was the second straight game the Devils got three points from a rookie. Hobey Baker Award winner Will Butcher became the first Devils player to accomplish the feat in his NHL debut during New Jersey’s 4-1 win over Colorado in the season opener.
“We really made a statement that we wanted to finish the game, whether we win or lose, with a good vibe coming out of the game,” Patterson said. “I think offensively we were rolling. I think we feel a lot better than we did last week coming out of the second half. So we’ll look to build on that momentum.”