The Devils beat the Senators in overtime, 5-4.
OTTAWA — John Moore scored the game-winning goal with 3:40 left in overtime to lift the Devils to a 5-4 win over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The Devils rallied to erase a two-goal deficit in the third period and got the first two career goals from first overall pick Nico Hischier.
The third-period rally starting when Kyle Palmieri pulled the Devils within 4-3 at 4:03 after Taylor Hall absorbed a big hit to keep a play alive and set up Palmieri’s chance in front. The play earned Hall his third assist of the night.
Marcus Johansson tied the game with 4:55 left in regulation when a loose puck slipped unnoticed in front of the crease, where the forward buried an easy look to tie it at 4-4.
Hischier opened the scoring 2:30 into play when he parked himself at the left side on the top of the crease while forward Drew Stafford wrapped around the net. Stafford hit Hischier, who went bar-down for his first NHL goal.
The Senators tied the game 27 seconds later on a Kyle Turris power-play goal, six seconds after Dalton Prout went to the box for roughing.
Hischier gave the Devils a lead for a second time when he punched in a loose puck at the left post after Taylor Hall was working against defenders on the side of the net. His first career multi-goal game had the Devils up, 2-1, 4:21 into play
That 2-1 lead stood until the second period, where the Senators capitalized on Devils penalties and sloppy play in the defensive zone.
Derick Brassard beat Hischier down to the Devils’ net to slide in a shot off a Bobby Ryan feed at 5:07 of the second period, and Alex Burrows put the Senators up, 3-2, on a power-play goal off an Erik Karlsson assist at 7:15. Karlsson assisted each of the Senators’ first three goals.
The Senators took a 4-2 lead when Tom Pyatt worked a shot in front past Devils goalie Cory Schneider at 15:49 of the second period. The Devils outshot the Senators, 14-10, in the second period, but the Senators scored all three goals of the frame.
Schneider, Severson exit with injuries
Schneider left the game prior to the third period due to a lower body injury and did not return. He made 20 saves on 24 shots before Keith Kinkaid played the third period and overtime.
Defenseman Damon Severson had a slight limp when he went down the tunnel with 12 seconds left in regulation, but he quickly returned for the start of overtime.
Penalties racking up
The Devils entered Thursday third in the NHL in penalty minutes with 96, and they didn’t help their cause in lowering that rank. They racked up seven penalties, including three in the second period and two in the third. The Senators scored twice on the power play.
The Devils return home for the second leg of a back-to-back when they host the San Jose Sharks at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Prudential Center. The Devils will then have a week without a game before they return to action on Friday, Oct. 27 against the Senators in Newark. Unlike the Devils’ actual bye week in January, they will still practice during the layoff.