By Julie Glass
Rookie Nico Nischier scored with 1:27 left in the third period to lift the New Jersey Devils to a 4-3 win over the visiting Flyers.
Hischier, the No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft, scored his first goal in 11 games and his second game-winner.
Kyle Palmieri had a goal and an assist, Drew Stafford and Damon Severson scored, and Pavel Zacha had two assists for the Devils (26-16-8), who won for the first time in three games against the Flyers this season. Keith Kinkaid made 22 saves.
Wayne Simmonds and Shayne Gostisbehere each had a goal and an assist, Claude Giroux scored, and Jakub Voracek had two assists for the Flyers (24-19-8), who have lost three games in a row. Alex Lyon made 18 saves in his first NHL start.
“[Lyon] played a solid game; he gave us some real good saves at different times in the hockey game,” Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. “We had a couple of opportunities to defend the [Devils third goal] a little bit better in front of him, but I thought he gave us a good hockey game.”
Gostisbehere gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead with his 10th goal 7:01 into the second period.
“I feel bad for Alex, we kind of let him down there,” Gostisbehere said. “It’s about getting back on the horse. There is a lot of hockey left. We have to get some wins here.”
The Devils and Flyers combined for four power-play goals and 36 penalty minutes in the first period.
Palmieri gave the Devils a 1-0 lead with a slap shot from the right face-off circle at 3:42, before Giroux tied it 1-1 at 6:47 on a 5-on-3 advantage.
Stafford scored his first goal in six games off a deflection in the slot to give the Devils a 2-1 lead at 13:49, before Simmonds scored from the slot off the rebound of a Voracek shot at 15:46 to tie it 2-2.