Devils recover, defeat Capitals in OT on Hischiers second goal

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WASHINGTON — Nico Hischier scored his second goal of the game at 2:56 of overtime, and the New Jersey Devils defeated the Washington Capitals 4-3 at Capital One Arena on Sunday.

Hischier scored on a wrist shot from the right circle off a pass from Jack Hughes, who had two assists.

Damon Severson had a goal and an assist and Hughes had two assists for the Devils (13-15-5), who have won three straight. Mackenzie Blackwood made 27 saves.

The Devils had lost nine straight (0-7-2) against the Capitals since a 3-2 win on Feb. 22, 2020.

John Carlson, Nic Dowd and Conor Sheary scored for the Capitals (2-0-6-8), who scored twice in the third period to tie the game. Ilya Samsonov made 33 saves.

The Capitals pulled within 3-2 at 13:22 of the third period when Dowd knocked in a loose puck out of midair from a sharp angle; and Lars Eller collected a Blackwood turnover and passed to Sheary, who tied it 3-3 at 16:13.

Yegor Sharangovich knocked in the rebound of a Hughes shot on the rush to give the Devils a 1-0 lead at 7:15 of the first period.

Severson made it 2-0 at 8:29 when he scored from the bottom of the left circle off a pass across the slot by Dawson Mercer.

Carlson pulled the Capitals within 2-1 when he took a drop pass from Michael Sgarbossa in the right circle and beat Blackwood with a wrist shot at 19:13.

Hischier deflected Severson’s point shot past Samsonov 22 seconds into the second period to give the Devils a 3-1 lead.

Devils defenseman Dougie Hamilton left the game after getting hit in the face with deflected puck 7:05 into the first period.

Capitals forwards Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie did not play due to non-COVID illness.

Alain Nasreddine coached the Devils again after Lindy Ruff was placed in COVID-19 protocol prior to Friday’s overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers. Nasreddine coached New Jersey for 43 games in 2019-20 (19-16-8) after John Hynes was fired on Dec. 3, 2019. Nasreddine was replaced by Ruff on July 9, 2020.

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