Wedgewood makes 28 saves, Devils shut out Islanders

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NEWARK, N.J. — Scott Wedgewood made 28 saves for the New Jersey Devils for his first NHL win in three seasons, a 2-0 victory against the New York Islanders at Prudential Center on Sunday.

Wedgewood hadn’t won an NHL game since Feb. 13, 2018, a 2-1 victory with the Arizona Coyotes against the San Jose Sharks. It was the third shutout of his career and first since a 5-0 win with the Coyotes against the Devils on Dec. 2, 2017.

Wedgewood made his second straight start; goalie Mackenzie Blackwood was placed on the NHL list of players unavailable to play or practice in accordance with COVID-19 protocols. Wedgewood made 31 saves in a 4-1 loss against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday.

Jack Hughes and Pavel Zacha scored in the first period, and Ty Smith had two assists for the Devils (3-1-1).

Smith became the sixth NHL defenseman to have at least one point in his first five NHL games (one goal, five assists). He’ll look to tie the NHL record set by Nashville Predators defenseman Marek Zidlicky (2003-04) when the Devils next play the Philadelphia Flyers at Prudential Center on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, NBCSP, NHL.TV).

Ilya Sorokin made 22 saves in his second start for the Islanders (3-2-0), who have yet to score for him; Sorokin made 27 saves in his NHL debut, a 5-0 loss at the New York Rangers on Jan. 16.

Hughes gave the Devils a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal at 17:00 of the first period. Hughes took a pass from Smith in the left face-off circle and scored on a wrist shot that beat Sorokin over his right shoulder.

Zacha made it 2-0 when he scored his first goal of the season on a rebound at 19:00 of the first.

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