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Best of NHL: Top pick Nico Hischier records 1st point as Devils roll

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Best of NHL: Top pick Nico Hischier records 1st point as Devils roll

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Rookie Jesper Bratt and Marcus Johansson each had two goals and an assist and the New Jersey Devils earned a 6-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday.

Brian Gibbons added a goal and an assist, Taylor Hall had two assists, and Stefan Noesen also scored. New Jersey is 2-0 for the first time in three seasons.

No. 1 overall pick Nico Hischier recorded his first NHL point and Cory Schneider made 23 saves for the Devils.

Evander Kane scored twice for the winless Sabres, who were booed off the ice after all three periods. Chad Johnson stopped 16 of 22 shots before being replaced by Robin Lehner (nine saves) in the third period (see full recap).

Matthews, Leafs rally for OT win over Blackhawks
TORONTO -- Auston Matthews scored in overtime and the Toronto Maple Leafs came from behind to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Monday night.

Nikita Zaitsev, Connor Brown and James van Riemsdyk also scored for the Maple Leafs, who have won their first three games.

Jan Rutta, Jonathan Toews and Richard Panik had goals for the Blackhawks.

Frederik Andersen made 18 saves for the win while Anton Forsberg stopped 39 shots (see full recap).

Point scores in overtime as Lightning top Capitals
TAMPA, Fla. -- Nikita Kucherov got his second goal of the game on a power play in overtime, Tampa Bay held high-scoring Alex Ovechkin pointless and the Lightning beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 on Monday night.

Kucherov's winner at 3:08 came after the Capitals were assessed a too many men on the ice penalty.

Ovechkin entered with seven goals in Washington's first two games this season

Tampa Bay got goals from Alex Killorn, and Chris Kunitz, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 23 saves.

T.J. Oshie had two goals and an assist, while Nicklas Backstrom added a goal and two assists for the Capitals. Philipp Grubauer stopped 36 shots in his first game of the season.

Kucherov tied it at 3 on an in-close backhander at 10:46 of the third (see full recap).

NHL Notes: Devils sign No. 1 overall pick Nico Hischier to max entry-level contract

NHL Notes: Devils sign No. 1 overall pick Nico Hischier to max entry-level contract

NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils have signed No. 1 overall pick Nico Hischier to the maximum three-year, entry-level contract for salary and performance bonuses.

The Devils said Saturday that Hischier will have an average salary of $925,000.

The 18-year-old Swiss forward had 38 goals and 48 assists last season for the Halifax Mooseheads in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He's participating in the Devils' development camp this weekend.

Golden Knights: Reinhart, Leipsic, 3 1st-round picks signed
LAS VEGAS -- The Vegas Golden Knights have signed their three first-round draft picks along with defenseman Griffin Reinhart and forward Brendan Leipsic.

The NHL expansion club announced the moves Saturday.

Reinhart has 37 games of NHL experience with Edmonton and the New York Islanders, who drafted him with the fourth overall pick in 2012. Vegas signed him to a two-year, $1.6 million deal.

Leipsic appeared in his first six NHL games during the 2015-16 season with Toronto. He got a two-year, $1.3 million contract with the Golden Knights.

Vegas also signed forward Cody Glass, forward Nick Suzuki and defenseman Erik Brannstrom to three-year, entry-level contracts. Glass was the sixth overall pick last month, while Suzuki was 13th and Brannstrom went 15th.

NHL Notes: Lightning re-sign Ondrej Palat to 5-year, $26.5 million deal

NHL Notes: Lightning re-sign Ondrej Palat to 5-year, $26.5 million deal

Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman completed his offseason to-do list by signing "model player" Ondrej Palat to a $26.5 million, five-year deal.

The Lightning and Palat avoided arbitration and settled on the contract Friday. The Czech left winger will count $5.3 million against the salary cap through the 2021-22 season.

The 26-year-old Palat had 17 goals and 35 assists in 75 games last season. He has 74 goals and 144 assists in 307 NHL games and is considered one of the better defensive wingers in hockey.

"His value is probably greater than if you just look at the goals and assists," Yzerman said by phone. "He's really a complete player. He plays in all situations for us, and he's very effective in all situations. Whether we're on the power play, killing a penalty, 5-on-5, we're up a goal, down a goal, late in the game it's tied -- he's going to be in in all those situations, and he plays really hard" (see full story).

Devils: Hischier not fazed by being No. 1 pick
NEWARK, N.J. -- At the end of the second of three practice sessions Friday at the New Jersey Devils' development camp, top overall pick Nico Hischier, was on his hands and knees, scooping up pucks, just like everyone else.

The novelty of being the No. 1 draft pick is rapidly wearing off for Hischier, thanks to the three-day developmental camp at the Barnabas Health Hockey House, the Devils' practice facility next to the Prudential Center.

"Right after the draft, I was living the life a little," said the 18-year-old Swiss player who had 38 goals and 48 assists last season for the Halifax Mooseheads in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. "I was doing all these fun things, like going to a baseball game and a soccer game. I was in Times Square and was on television. But now, I'm here and I'm working hard on the ice."

Hischier doesn't want special treatment.

"I don't want to be known as the guy who didn't pick the pucks up," Hischier said. "I'm still one of the younger guys here. I want to fit in. I'm going to focus on that" (see full story).

Kings: Gravel avoids arbitration with 1-year deal
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Kings re-signed Kevin Gravel to a one-year, $650,000 contract extension Friday, avoiding arbitration with the restricted free agent defenseman.

The Kings also signed restricted free agents Justin Auger, Andrew Crescenzi, Zachary Leslie, Kurtis MacDermid and Michael Mersch.

Gravel broke through as an NHL regular last season, scoring seven points in 49 games while getting a steadily increasing role on the power play. He scored his first and only NHL goal Feb. 23 against Boston.

Gravel filed for arbitration earlier this month after receiving a qualifying offer from Los Angeles. He was the Kings' only remaining restricted free agent who logged significant time in the NHL last year.

Auger, Crescenzi, Leslie, MacDermid and Mersch are all regulars with the Kings' AHL affiliate in Ontario.