NHL: 3-2 at home with Calgary – Hischier fires New Jersey to 7th straight win – Sport


A burst of energy in the 52nd minute with Nico Hischier as the enforcer has New Jersey celebrating, but it’s not going well after a 3-2 home win over Calgary.

The Devils, the second-best team in the Eastern Conference, had their 10th win in the NHL after 13 games – seventh in a row. Only in 1993-94, the year before their 1st of 3 Stanley Cup triumphs, did New Jersey win 10 games this early in the season.

“Of course we have a lot of confidence at the moment,” confirms Swiss captain Nico Hischier. But as he said at the start of the championship, you shouldn’t drop too far if things don’t go so smoothly. “And don’t get too excited when we’re successful,” recalls the 23-year-old.

It was crunchy

Hischier himself scored for the 5th straight game in a 3-2 win against the Calgary Flames, contributing an assist to tie the game at 1-1 in the middle period and a must-see 52nd minute game-winner. His selection as the best player of the evening was a logical consequence.


With the start to the next feeling of success

Nico Hischier (right) claims the puck against Calgary’s Blake Coleman.

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The metropolitan leader was denied two more goals after a video review. Defender Jonas Siegenthaler would score one of those – even after being offside, which was subsequently penalized. The home team could once again rely on their man between the posts: Czech Vítek Vaneček made 33 saves.

Hischier did not rate the performance against the Flames, who have now suffered their 6th straight bankruptcy, as exciting. “But we found a way to get 2 points. And that’s a great feeling,” says the cheerful Valaisian.

Swiss: Predators are messy

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After back-to-back wins, Nashville suffered a heartbreaking 5-1 loss at the hands of the Seattle Kraken. Already after the first period, the team had the Swiss Roman Josi and Nino Niederreiter 0:4 behind. Every single template Pius Suter in Detroit’s home shootout 2:3 with Montreal and Janis Moser in his Arizona Coyotes’ 4-1 road win over Buffalo.

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