(Newark) Jack Hughes and Pavel Zacha scored in the first period and that was enough to allow the New Jersey Devils to shut out the New York Islanders 2-0 on Sunday night.
Scott Wedgewood made 28 saves and won his first game since February 13, 2018. He had his first shutout since December 2, 2017.
Wedgewood was making a second straight start because Mackenzie Blackwood was placed on the list of players unavailable due to COVID-19 protocols.
Rookie defenseman Ty Smith prepared his own two goals. He became the sixth defenseman in NHL history to score at least one point in his first five career games.
The surprising Devils are 3-1-1 and have climbed to third in the Eastern section of the Bettman Circuit.
On his second start with the Islanders, Ilya Sorokin blocked 22 pucks. His team still haven’t been able to score a goal for him.