Hischier scores as Devils beat Capitals in preseason opener

New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) of Switzerland, moves in for a score goal against Washington Capitals goalie Vitek Vanecek (41), of Czech Republic, during the third period of a preseason NHL hockey game Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, in Newark, N.J. The Devils won 4-1. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Nico Hischier scored in his preseason debut, helping the New Jersey Devils beat the Washington Capitals 4-1 on Monday night.

Hischier, the first overall pick in this year's NHL draft, made it 4-1 with a steal and a slick backhander at 15:46 of the third period . Mirco Mueller, Stefan Noesen and Kyle Palmieri scored in the second period for New Jersey.

Keith Kinkaid made 15 saves for the Devils, and Scott Wedgewood stopped all 14 shots he faced.

Braden Holtby was charged with the loss despite making 18 saves on 19 shots. Vitek Vanecek allowed three goals on 17 shots.

Nathan Walker scored for Washington in the first.

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