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Nick Lappin’s First Goal Forces OT, Devils Win Shootout

(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

While most of the country watched a map turn blue and red this past Tuesday, the New Jersey Devils’ took on the Carolina Hurricanes in an election night game that ended in a shoot-out with a W for the home team.

While P.A. Parenteau might have been the first star of the game, rookie Nick Lappin had the best moment of the night, scoring his first NHL goal.

Going into the 3rd period, the Devils were down 2-1 and in need of some momentum. At 3:51 into the period, Lappin’s shot passed over the crease line behind Carolina goalie Cam Ward. But, before he and his team could celebrate the goal went into review. After a short moment “Howl” by the Gaslight Anthem flooded the arena and Nick Lappin, assisted by Vernon Fiddler and Sergey Kalinin, had his first goal.

The Devils’ held off the Canes’ for the remainder of the period and through 3-on-3 overtime that led to a shoot-out win with the goal from Parenteau.

Lappin, 24, was signed to a two-year entry level contract in March of this year and was assigned to the Albany Devils’ until being called up to play in the October 28 game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Prior to signing with the Devils’ Lappin was a Brown University Bear and played in the UHL. Lappin, and Illinois native, comes from a hockey family, his father Peter played for the San Jose Sharks and Minnesota North Stars. His cousin, Tim, and brother, Joseph, are both currently playing collegiate hockey and look to have promising NHL careers.

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Kelly is the New Jersey Devils Lead Writer and Rugby Analyst for Double G Media. She is also the site's Social Media Manager.
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