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Nico Hischier scored the first goal of his NHL career Thursday, and the New Jersey Devils' rookie center was just getting started.

The No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft scored two goals in a 5-4 overtime victory against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre. Hischier became the sixth No. 1 pick in the past 24 years to score multiple times in the game in which he scored his first career goal, joining Auston Matthews (2016-17 Toronto Maple Leafs), Steven Stamkos (2008-09 Tampa Bay Lightning), Alex Ovechkin (2005-06 Washington Capitals), Patrik Stefan (1999-00 Atlanta Thrashers) and Alexandre Daigle (1993-94 Ottawa Senators), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Video: NJD@OTT: Hischier blasts home first NHL goal in front

There's more.

Hischier (18 years, 288 days) became the third-youngest player in Devils/Colorado Rockies history to record a multigoal game, behind Paul Gagne and Kirk Muller, who each did it at 18 years, 251 days, according to Elias.

There's even more.

The Devils (6-1-0) have won six of their first seven games for the fourth time, joining the 1993-94 (7-0-0), 1995-96 (6-1-0) and 2002-03 (6-1-0) Devils.

 

First(s) of many

Another rookie scored his first two NHL goals on Thursday. Tampa Bay Lightning forward Mikhail Sergachev scored twice in a 2-0 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

That's right, he scored the only two goals of the game, meaning teammate Nikita Kucherov didn't score, ending his streak of scoring a goal in seven straight games to start the season. 

However, Kucherov, who had two assists, and Steven Stamkos, who had one assist, each extended their season-opening point streaks to eight games. 

Kucherov and Stamkos are the third pair of teammates in the past 24 years to begin a season with simultaneous eight-game point streaks, according to Elias. The others: Doug Weight and Pavol Demitra with the 2001-02 St. Louis Blues and Radek Bonk and Marian Hossa with the 2003-04 Senators.

 

The Greatest bracket

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More McDavid magic

Connor McDavid made a spinning, no-look pass right on the tape to Patrick Maroon for a goal in the Edmonton Oilers' win against the Chicago Blackhawks. Go watch it! You won't regret it, we promise.

 

Call him Zuccarell-slow

New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello dialed things down against New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak on a shootout attempt -- and it worked!

 

Fire and Ice

Movie stars Taylor Kitsch and James Badge Dale, who play firefighters in the upcoming film "Only the Brave," recall their experience at the 2017 NHL All-Star Celebrity Game.

 

Tanev learns a thing or two

The "On the Bench" boys show Vancouver Canucks defenseman Christopher Tanev some pretty basic (and highly illegal) "fundies" of the game.

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