NEWARK, N.J. — Kyle Palmieri had a goal and an assist, Keith Kinkaid made 35 saves and the Devils stopped a three-game slide by topping the Florida Panthers, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon.
Taylor Hall and Blake Coleman also scored for the Devils, who won for the first time since opening the season with four consecutive victories. Nico Hischier had two assists.
Florida lost for the third time in four games. Mike Matheson and Mike Hoffman scored for the Panthers, and James Reimer made 23 stops.
Next up for Florida is a trip to Finland. The Panthers play Winnipeg in Helsinki on Thursday and Friday as part of the N.H.L.’s Global Series.
New Jersey went ahead to stay on Palmieri’s controversial goal with 9.5 seconds remaining in the first period.
Palmieri appeared to brush Reimer just as Damon Severson’s point shot arrived, and Florida challenged for goalie interference. The score was upheld after a lengthy video review, giving Palmieri a team-leading eighth goal.
Before the opening score, the momentum belonged to the Panthers, who spent most of the period in the New Jersey zone.
They missed several excellent power-play chances. Kinkaid denied Hoffman from the right circle, Vincent Trocheck hit the post and Jonathan Huberdeau flipped a shot over the net.
There was no disputing New Jersey’s second goal, 3 minutes 5 seconds into the second period. All alone in the slot, Hall got a pass from Palmieri and beat Reimer to extend his point streak to seven games.
Coleman made it 3-0 when he scored his third goal of the season at 13:21.
The Panthers’ frustration continued in the second. Hoffman was denied again by Kinkaid’s sliding pad stop on his shot from the right dot. Hoffman responded by slashing the back of the cage.
In the third, Kinkaid lost his bid for a shutout when Matheson glided through the slot and tucked the puck home with 4:57 remaining.
With Reimer on the bench for an extra attacker. Hoffman scored with 15 seconds left on his eighth shot of the game.