Devils’ Boyle scores in return from cancer treatment;

NEWARK, N.J. — Brian Boyle scored his first goal since a cancer diagnosis, but the New Jersey Devils lost when Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl scored with 16.3 seconds left in overtime for a 3-2 win.

Boyle, 32, had been diagnosed with a form of leukemia during training camp, and he missed all of the preseason and New Jersey’s first 10 games of the regular season while receiving treatment.

“Usually I can separate it but that wasn’t the case. It was a wave of different things. My family, my wife has been through the ringer. She’s had to deal with a lot more than I’d say I have gone through,” Boyle said of his reaction to his goal. “I try to separate it but it’s a little bit bigger tonight than probably ever.”

The Oilers have won consecutive games for the first time this season. Edmonton defeated the New York Islanders, 2-1, Tuesday night when Draisaitl set up Connor McDavid for the game-winner 38 seconds into overtime.

“You have to create some kind of momentum any way you can. Sometimes it takes wins like these to get you to start feeling confident and get rolling,” Oilers forward Milan Lucic said. “Hopefully we can keep building off of an effort like this.”

Also Thursday:

Lightning 5, Kings 2: LOS ANGELES — Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn each had a goal and an assist during a four-goal first period for NHL-best Tampa Bay, which had its outburst in just 2:02 to hand Los Angeles its first regulation home loss this season.

Blues 3, Coyotes 2: ST. LOUIS — Alex Pietrangelo and Joel Edmundson scored in regulation for first-place St. Louis (13-3-1), which has earned at least one point in its past 16 games against the Coyotes.

Flyers 3, Blackhawks 1: PHILADELPHIA — Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek each had a goal and two assists in Philadelphia’s 14th straight regular-season home win against Chicago.

Ducks 4, Canucks 1: ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jakob Silfverberg scored twice in 35 seconds during the third period, and Anaheim used three power-play goals to snap a four-game losing streak.

Wild 3, Canadiens 0: MONTREAL — Jason Zucker scored three goals in the third period and Devan Dubnyk made 41 saves to lead Minnesota Wild

Flames 6, Red Wings 3: CALGARY, Alberta — Jaromir Jagr, 45, scored his first goal for Calgary and added an assist.


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