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Jack Hughes is mentioned so often when the discussion turns to the Devils that many forget about the other No. 1 overall pick on the team and their captain Nico Hischier. Hischier had two goals and an assist, including the second-fastest tally to start an outdoor game, and the Devils never looked back in beating the Flyers 6-3 Saturday night before 70,328 fans at MetLife Stadium.

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The Game

Nathan Bastian also scored twice and Tyler Toffoli and Brendan Smith each had a goal as the Devils won for the third time in four games. Nico Daws the former Utica Comets of the AHL made 43 saves if kicked off two consecutive days of hockey at the home of the NFL’s Jets and Giants. The Devils’ third win in four games moved them two points behind Detroit in the race for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference and five behind the Flyers for the third place in the Metropolitan Division.

Owen Tippett scored twice, and Nick Seeler added another for the Flyers, who were 4-0-1 in their previous five games and lost in the so-called four-point game with the playoff chase with the regular season winding down to its final two months. Samuel Ersson made 33 saves in the contest that featured a Stadium Series-record 85 shots.

The Goals Keep Coming

Colby Armstrong of the Penguins scored the fastest goal at the start of an outdoor game 21 seconds into the first official Winter Classic game in 2008 against the Sabres in Buffalo. Ruff, whose 64th birthday was Saturday, was the head coach of the Sabres in that game. Toffoli stretched the lead to 2-0 with 6:30 left in the period, putting in the rebound of Smith’s shot. Tippett cut the lead to 2-1, beating Daws 7:43 into the second period, a session where the Flyers outshot New Jersey 24-15 but were outscored 2-1.

Smith got his second of the season, putting in the rebound of Palat’s shot set up by Hischier with 3:24 left for a 3-1 lead. Bastian’s goal put the Devils up by 3 with a shot from the right circle 1:12 later for his fourth of the year. Tippett on the power play with 1:37 left in the second but Hischier scored early in the 3rd period for a 5-2 lead. The previous record for shots in an outdoor game was 80, done twice, the last time in 2019 between the Flyers and Penguins at Lincoln Financial Field.

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Matt Bednarczyk
Matt Bednarczyk

Matt Bednarczyk is your host of Talking Philly Sports With Matty B. He is a proud retired US Army Sergeant First Class, he is also a combat veteran with over 80 months served in Afganistan, and Iraq . Huge Hockey Fan. Matt is a lifelong 4 for 4 Philly sports fan. Born and raised on the Mayfair and Tacony neighborhood lines of Northeast Philly. He brings over 40 years of Philadelphia Sports passion and provides a realistic look at our Major Sports Teams and the most passionate sports fans on the planet. Look for his show live on Edge of Philly Sports.

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