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Hall scores in overtime to give Devils victory against SC Bern

New Jersey wins final game before NHL Global Series vs. Oilers

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

BERN, Switzerland -- Taylor Hall scored with 1:03 remaining in overtime to give the New Jersey Devils a 3-2 win against SC Bern at PostFinance Arena on Monday.

Hall got the puck from defenseman Sami Vatanen in New Jersey's zone, carried it up the right side of the ice, cut to the middle in the offensive zone and beat goaltender Leonardo Genoni.

Defensemen Andy Greene and Ben Lovejoy scored for the Devils.

Simon Moser and Mark Arcobello scored for Bern.

Video: NJD@SCB: Hall goes top shelf for overtime winner

The game was the final one for the Devils before they open the regular season against the Edmonton Oilers in the 2018 NHL Global Series at Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, MSG+, NHL.TV).

Nico Hischier, the first Switzerland-born player chosen with the first pick of an NHL draft when the New Jersey selected him No. 1 in 2017, was given a standing ovation during the lineup announcements. He was the final player announced, and the arena public address announcer said "Center, 13, Nico ... " and most of the 17,031 in attendance responded "Hischier."

The 19-year-old forward played for Bern for three seasons, including 20 games with the team in National League, Switzerland's top professional league, in 2015-16.

"I think North American players aren't really used to this where players are introduced like that but it's like this, and it was a great welcome," Hischier said. "I got goosebumps everywhere."


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Lovejoy took a pass from Pavel Zacha in the high slot and beat Genoni with a slap shot to give the Devils a 2-1 lead 12:57 into the second period.

Greene gave the Devils a 1-0 lead 5:54 into the first before Arcobello tied the game 17:51 into the third. Arcobello has 134 games of NHL experience with five teams, most recently 20 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2015-16.

"I think [Hischier] was a little nervous coming into it." Hall said. "I would feel a little bit nervous as well but there was a lot of support for him. It was really cool as teammates to be along with him and I hope he had a good time."

Video: A closer look at the Devils' battle with SC Bern

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