NEWARK, NJ — Nico Hischier 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 win against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday at Prudential Center.
Dougie Hamilton took a shot from the point that Hischier deflected into the slot.
“I tried to get out of the way, but I think it just hit me and went in,” Hischier said. “The crowd was on our side, we had momentum. I kind of had the feeling when we got the showdown [in overtime] that we were going to bury one, and we did.”
Video: [email protected]: Hischier scores 2nd goal with overtime winner
Hischier scored twice, and Jack Hughes had two assists for the Devils (11-3-0), who haven’t won eight in a row since 2011 (6-22 Feb. 6-22).
Vitek Vanecek 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 that, but I’ll take it for sure,” Schmid said. “The only thing that went through my head when we got the power play in overtime was, ‘score’ only. … That’s all that went through my head.”
Video: [email protected]: Schmid saves on Tkachuk
Shane Pinto scored two goals, and 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 against the Dallas Stars.
“Every loss is tough, but we have to turn it around,” Forsberg said.
Thomas Tatar gave New Jersey a 1-0 lead on a wrist shot from the high slot that the Senators deflected forward Parker Kelly at 4:44 of the first period.
Pinto tied it 1-1 with a power play goal on a twist from the slot at 12:15. Jake Sanderson skated along the blue line before reversing a pass to Claude Giroux on the left end, where he directed a shot pass to Pinto.
Pinto, a native of Franklin Square, New York, had about 40 family members and friends in attendance.
“I think we deserved that one, but they found a way,” Pinto said. “It was a really cool moment, a cool atmosphere, but I wish we could have won.”
Video: [email protected]: Wood chips home a loose puck to take lead
Travis Hamonic scored on a slap shot from the point 1:09 later to give the Senators a 2-1 lead at 13:24.
Hischier tied it 2-2 on a wrist shot from the left side-down circle at 18:06.
“When you run like that, you have to find different ways to win and we just find different ways to win,” Devils coach Lindy Ruff said. “The way we play, we give ourselves a chance to win every night.”
Miles Wood gave New Jersey a 3-2 lead on a putback from the slot at 2:53 of the second period.
Pinto scored his second goal on a wrist shot from the high slot to tie it 3-3 at 1:29 of the third period.
Schmid made four saves in overtime on a power play in Ottawa Thomas Chabot was penalized for interference on Jack Hughes at 4:18. Hischier scored his second consecutive game-winning goal nine seconds later.
“I was actually thinking about (the winning streak),” Schmid said. “I don’t want to be the guy who… I’m not even going to say it.”
Video: [email protected]: Tatar fires a shot that deflects into the net
“I knew we could be that good,” Wood said. “This club has depth. You see Schmid get called up and stand on his head. For him to come in that late in the third period, make those big saves on the 4-on-3 (penalty goal in overtime) was enormously big. . I’m so happy for him.”
Vanecek appeared to be hurt late in the second when Chabot collided with him on a shot attempt from the slot that was penalized for goalie interference at 14:32. He remained in the game after being evaluated by a trainer.
“Right now I have no concerns about Vitek,” Ruff said. “I’m a pretty optimistic guy. So, we’ll see what tomorrow brings.
“I’m probably more focused on the fact that [Schmid] stepped in and did a great job. The team did a good job in front of him towards the end of that third period, trying to get him into the game and get him to feel the puck.”
NOTES: Giroux extended his scoring streak to seven games (five goals, three assists). … Hischier (five goals, four assists) and Tatar (one goal, six assists) each extended his scoring streak to six games. … New Jersey is 10-0-0 this season when Hischier has a point.