Jack Hughes and Timo Meier Each Score Twice As Devils Demolish Blue Jackets 8-1

By Coby Maeir on April 6, 2023 at 9:39 pm
New Jersey Devils center Jack Hughes (86) scores a goal past Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Michael Hutchinson (31) during the first period at Prudential Center.
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Jack Hughes and Timo Meier each scored a pair of goals to help the Devils obliterate the Blue Jackets 8-1 at Prudential Center in Newark Thursday.

1st Period

Tomas Tatar thought he broke the ice at 7:50 with a wrist shot from the slot, but it was called back for offsides. 

Hughes opened the scoring at 11:35 with a left-circle wrist shot on a two-on-one rush.

The Devils led 1-0 after the first period along with a 9-5 edge in shots on goal.

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2nd Period

Tatar scored a goal that counted at 1:20 when he beat Boone Jenner on a rush to the net.

Hughes scored his second of the night at 2:20, finishing off a beautiful passing play from the right goal line on the power play. 

Joona Luoto scored his first-career goal at 11:33 after he crashed the net and finished a rebound created by Sean Kuraly. 

Meier scored on the power play at 16:16 from the left doorstep to extend the Devils' lead.

New Jersey led 4-1 after two periods and took a 22-13 edge in shots on goal into the third period.

3rd Period

Erik Haula made it a 5-1 game at 2:07 from the slot with a wrist shot through a screen. After the goal, Jon Gillies replaced Michael Hutchinson, who stopped 19 of 24 shots.

Meier scored his second of the night with a wrist shot from the low-slot at 4:40.

Damon Severson made it 7-1 Devils with a short-handed goal at 6:36 with a wrist shot from the high-slot on a three-on-one rush.

Ryan Graves added to the Devils' lead at 9:27 with a shot from the high slot in between three Jackets defenders.

With the loss, the Jackets fall to 24-46-8. 


  • Shots on goal: CBJ 17-35 NJD
  • Power play: CBJ 0/5-2/3 NJD
  • Face-off %: CBJ 61.7-38.3 NJD
  • Giveaways: CBJ 8-13 NJD
  • Takeaways: CBJ 12-15 NJD
  • Blocked shots: CBJ 15-16 NJD
  • Hits: CBJ 20-6 NJD
  • 5-on-5 stats (via naturalstattrick.com):
    • Expected Goals (xG): CBJ 1.42-3.17 NJD
    • Chances (CF): CBJ 28-54 NJD
    • Shots (SF): CBJ 13-26 NJD
    • Scoring Chances (SCF): CBJ 17-29 NJD
    • High-Danger chances (HDCF): CBJ 8-12 NJD

Injury Update

Johnny Gaudreau left the game in the first period with an illness and did not return.

Next Up

The Jackets will return home to take on the New York Rangers Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.

The club travels to Philadelphia to face the Flyers Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.

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