Newark, New Jersey — Niko Hishir scored a power-play goal with 33 seconds left in overtime and the New Jersey Devils extended their winning streak to eight games with a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators at the Prudential Center on Thursday.
Dougie Hamilton He shot from the spot as Hishir deflected into the gap.
“I tried to get out of the way, but I guess it hit me and went in,” Hishear said. “The crowd was on our side, we had momentum. When we got the power play, I kind of felt it [in overtime] We were supposed to bury one and we did.”
Video: [email protected]: Hishir scores second goal with overtime winner
Hishir scored two goals Jack Hughes Had two assists for the Devils (11-3-0), who haven’t won eight straight since 2011 (Feb. 22-6).
Vitek Vancek He made 17 saves on 20 shots before being replaced by Akira Schmid for precautionary reasons at 10:37 of the third period. Schmid made seven saves in his season debut, including five in overtime. It was his first NHL win in seven games (1-4-0).
“Obviously you don’t expect your first one to be like this, but I’ll certainly take it,” Schmid said. The only thing going through my head when we got to the power play in overtime was, ‘Just score.’ … This was all that went through my head.”
Video: [email protected]: Schmid makes save on Tkachuk
Shane Pinto He scored two goals Anton Forsberg Made 37 saves for the Senators (4-8-1), who have lost seven straight (0-6-1).
Ottawa hasn’t won since Oct. 24, a 4-2 victory over the Dallas Stars.
“Every loss is tough, but we have to change that,” Forsberg said.
Thomas Tatar He gave New Jersey a 1-0 lead with a wrist shot from the top slot that deflected the Senators in front. Parker Kelly At 4:44 of the first period.
Pinto tied the game at 1-1 at 12:15 with a power play goal on a deflection off the post. Jake Sanderson He skated along the blue line before turning back Claude Giraud At the left point, where he shot a pass to Pinto.
Pinto, who is from Franklin Square, New York, was attended by about 40 family members and friends.
“I think we earned it, but they found a way,” Pinto said. It was a very cool moment, it was a cool atmosphere, but I wish we could have won.”
Video: [email protected]: Wood chips provide a loose bag to advance
Travis Hamonic Sally scored from the point 1:09 later to give the Senators a 2-1 lead at 13:24.
Hischier made it 2-2 at 18:06 on a wrist shot from the left face-off circle.
“When you’re in a matchup like this, you’ve got to find different ways to win, and we just found different ways to win,” Devils coach Lindy Ruff said. The way we play, we give ourselves a chance to win every night.
Miles Wood New Jersey made it 3-2 with a rebound at 2:53 of the second period.
Pinto scored his second goal on a wrist shot over the top of the net to tie the game at 3-3 at 1:29 of the third period.
Schmid made four saves on a power play in Ottawa in overtime before the defenseman Thomas Chabat Penalty for interference on Jack Hughes at 4:18. Hishir scored his second consecutive goal 9 seconds later.
“I was actually thinking about (the winning streak),” Schmid said. “I don’t want to be the guy who … I don’t even want to say it.”
Video: [email protected]: Tatar fires a shot that goes into the net
“I knew we could be this good,” Wood said. “This club has depth. You see Schmid get called up and stand on his head. For him to come on like that late in the third period, making those big saves on 4-on-3 (killing the overtime penalty) It was huge. I’m so happy for him.”
Wanczek appeared to be hurt late in the second when Chabot ran into him on a shot from the spot that was penalized for goaltender interference at 14:32. He remained in the game after being evaluated by the coach.
“Right now, I don’t have any concerns with Vitek,” Ruff said. “I’m a very optimistic guy. So, we’ll see what happens tomorrow.
“I’m probably more focused on that fact [Schmid] He came in and did a great job. “The team did a great job in front of him at the end of the third period, trying to let him come in and let him feel him.”
Note: Giroud increased his points tally to seven games (five goals, three assists). … Hishir (five goals, four assists) and Tatar (one goal, six assists) scored points in 6 games each. … New Jersey is 10-0-0 this season when Hishear has one point.