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Big night for Hischier, Devils

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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.


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