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Hamilton 'just trying to let it rip' after second straight OT winner for Devils

By Sports Desk January 25, 2023

Dougie Hamilton scored an overtime winner for the second time in as many games before describing his mindset as just "trying to let it rip".

Hamilton scored a power-play goal with 1:06 left in overtime to clinch a 3-2 win for the New Jersey Devils over the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday, achieving the same feat in Sunday's 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Devils' defenseman had squared the game up after his side trailed entering the third period.

"It was pretty similar I think," Hamilton told reporters when comparing both OT goals. "I was just hoping to try and get another shot today. Same as last game. I just tried to let it rip and see what happens."

Center Jack Hughes set up the goal, with a pass from the boards as he fell to his knees to find a wide-open Hamilton.

"Obviously a great play by Jack, just laid it on a platter for me," Hamilton said.

Vegas Golden Knights rookie goaltender All-Star Logan Thompson accepted blame for Hamilton's goals, both deflected off defensemen. The result means the Golden Knights are 1-4-1 in their past six games.

"I just lost it," Thompson said. "It’s an unacceptable goal for me. They score in the first four minutes and the last minute. That's on me, I have to be better."

The Golden Knights have also scored two goals or fewer in four of their past five games, but remain top of the Pacific Division with a 29-17-3 record.

The Devils are second in the Metropolitan Division with a 31-12-4 record, including a red-hot 8-1-1 record from their past 10 games.

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