The Devils scored 4 in the first period and never looked back on Sunday Night against the visiting Panthers.
It only took 44 seconds for the home side to open the scoring. Matt Pope picked up the puck off a faceoff win by Joey Martin and drove around the Panthers defender and tucked the puck up over Patrick Galbraith to make it 1-0.
The Devils doubled their lead when Patrick Asselin got the last touch on a scrambling puck in front of the Nottingham net to put the Devils up 2-0 at 9:39. Just over a minute later in a near identical play Paul Crowder got the credit for another scrambling puck that found its way in the back of the Panthers net to give the Devils a 3-0 lead at 10:49.
The Panthers made a change in goal with Mike Garnett replacing Patrick Galbraith after the 3rd goal but the Devils were quick to score another when Joey Martin made it 4-0 after some great work by Matt Pope and Jake Morissette at 11:16.
After that, the Panthers settled down in front of Garnett and pulled a goal back before the end of the first period when Ollie Betteridge tipped a pass from Erik Lindhagen past Ben Bowns to give the Panthers some life and make it 4-1, which is how it stayed after 20 minutes of play.
The scoreline looked to remain the same after the second period of play but a broken play on a late Devils powerplay sent Jeff Brown in alone on the Devils goal and he snuck it past Bowns for a shorthanded goal to make it 4-2 with only 12 seconds left in the period.
The Devils got an insurance marker on the powerplay with a goal from Layne Ulmer set up by Joey Martin and Jake Morissette at 42:40 to give the Devils a 5-2 lead. The penalty kill had to be on top form when Ulmer was called for 4 minutes for high-sticking but again the penalty killing was perfect on the night.
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