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Devils win thriller in Ottawa

10 Takeaways: Hischier, Moore lift Devils over Senators in comeback victory

by Amanda Stein @AmandaCStein /

OTTAWA - Opening up their second back-to-back of the season, the Devils won their matchup in overtime against the Senators, 5-4. John Moore scored the winner as the Devils earned another two points on the season in another come-from-behind victory.

Tweet from @NJDevils: The first of many @NicoHischier goal celly's. #NJDvsOTT

Here are 10 takeaways from the game: 

1. Nico Hischier built off his first career multi-point game on Tuesday by scoring the first goal of his NHL career. Standing right in front Ottawa's goalie Craig Anderson, Hischier went bar-down for his first of the season. His goal was assisted by Drew Stafford and Taylor Hall at 2:30 of the first period. At 18 years, 288 days old, Hischier is youngest New Jersey Devils player to score a goal since Craig Wolanin did so against the North Stars on Dec 9, 1985. 

Tweet from @NJDevils: The first goal (of many to come) for Mr. Number 1. Congrats, @NicoHischier! #NJDvsOTT

2. Less than two minutes after scoring his first NHL goal, Hischier would score the second of his career. Again right in front of Anderson, Hischier tapped in a feed from Taylor Hall to give the Devils a 2-1 lead. Moore also assisted on the goal at 4:21 of the first period. 

Tweet from @NJDevils: What's the best way to follow up your first career @NHL goal? Scoring your second career #NHL goal. @NicoHischier has arrived! #NJDvsOTT

3. Will Butcher continues to impress with his many talents. While he didn't tally any points against the Senators, he finished the night having played 12:55 minutes and, of note, making this remarkable pass to Kyle Palmieri that stopped just inches from the blue-line:

Tweet from @ChartingHockey: Who the hell does Will Butcher think he is?

4. Palmieri scored his third goal of the year early in the third period to cut the Senators' lead to 4-3. Palmieri picked up a loose puck after a collision between two Senators and Hall and went one-on-one with Anderson. Hall registered an assist, his seventh of the season and second of the night. 

5. Marcus Johansson tied the game when he found a loose puck in the Senators' crease to tie the game at 15:05 of the third. The goal was the third of the season for Johansson and assisted by Palmieri. 

6. Cory Schneider left the game after two periods with a lower-body injury. He made 20 saves on 24 shots before being replaced by Keith Kinkaid to start the third period.  

7. Special teams were a struggle against the Senators. Entering Thursday night's game, New Jersey had the best man-advantage in the league, connecting at a 30.8 percent success rate. Against the Ottawa Senators, the Devils' power play struggled, going 0 for 4. On the penalty kill, New Jersey gave up two goals on six penalty kills. Heading into the game, New Jersey's PK was ranked 24th in the league, working at a 77.4 percent success rate. 

8. The Devils put up 45 shots in regulation on Anderson. Adam Henrique led the team in regulation with seven shots, while Palmieri was second with six. 

9. The Devils are now 4-0-0 against Atlantic Division opponents. They're also undefeated on the road to start the season. 

10. The Devils flew right back to Newark after the game to get ready to host the San Jose Sharks on Friday night. Keith Kinkaid will get the start, and was scheduled to do so before the injury to Schneider. Tickets are available.

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