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Devils beat Flames 3-2 for seventh straight win


Nico Hischier scored a run with 8:10 to play and the New Jersey Devils beat the slumping Calgary Flames 3-2 on Tuesday night for their seventh straight win.

Dougie Hamilton and Ryan Graves also scored as the Devils matched their longest hitting streak since February 2011. Vitek Vanececk made 33 saves to help New Jersey overcome a below-par performance in coming back from a three-game trip to Western Canada.

Nazem Kadri and Tyler Toffoli scored power-play goals for the Flames, who have lost six straight (0-4-2). Jacob Markstrom made 17 saves.

Hischier’s sixth goal came against the run of play. The Flames kept the puck in the Devils’ end for about two more minutes. Tomas Tatar took the puck out of the zone to Hamilton, who found Hischier coming down the middle. His shot beat Markstrom between the pads.

Toffoli’s had tied the game at 2-0 at 5:13 of the third period on a power shot from the left circle that Vanecek beat into the top of the net. It came 20 seconds after Miles Wood was called for holding.

Despite being outshot 23-15 and having two goals disallowed after Calgary challenges, the Devils led 2-1 after two periods of goals from Graves and Hamilton, the latter leading by two.

Kadri had given Calgary a 1-0 lead at 11:58 of the first period, a session in which the Flames held a 14-5 advantage in shots. The tally was Kadri’s seventh of the season and came on a wicked shot from the right circle on a power play.

The Devils had a goal by defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler tipped over in the first period and another by Yegor Sharangovich taken off the board early in the second. The Devils got into the offensive zone too early on Siegenthaler’s goal and Sharangovich used a kick move to put the puck in the net.


Flames: At Boston on Thursday night to close out a three-game road trip.

Devils: Host Ottawa Thursday night in the second of a three-game homestand.


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