Cue the dancing bears CJ Pukala. The New Jersey Devils have won their second straight game, beating the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight 3-2, backed by a strong performance from goaltender Scott Wedgewood.
For the second straight game, New Jersey put the puck in the net three times. Future Alternate Captain Jack Hughes kicked off the festivities with a goal in the first period, then P.K. Subban and Travis Zajac lit the lamp in the second, giving New Jersey a 3-0 advantage. Jack Hughes did a great job leading his line tonight. The second year Center added an assist in his 19:51 minutes on ice. The Devils were able to constantly pepper Pittsburgh goalie Tristan Jarry, putting thirty five shots on net. Everybody except Nathan Bastian on offense had a shot on goal, and the team only had seven giveaways.
Due to an injury to starter Mackenzie Blackwood, Scott Wedgewood took over in net. After being forced into the game, Scott Wedgewood made the most of the opportunity. Scott Wedgewood had one of his best performances of the season. Wedgewood had 40 saves on 42 shots. The first goal was on the penalty kill, and the second goal given up was with four seconds left, while Pittsburgh had six men on the ice. Without Wedgewood’s solid play tonight, this would have been a very different game. The way Wedgewood was able to keep rebounds to a minimum kept the Devils in this game. Wedgewood said he didn’t nap pregame, if that’s the case, please Scott you must ditch the game day nap. This is the new pregame routine.
New Jersey was shorthanded twice, but only conceded the one goal. Yegor Sharangovich showed again why he’s on the shorthanded rotation with his solid PK play. The Devils also got one of their goals on the power play. This has been a unsuccessful aspect in the past for New Jersey, so this is a promising sign. The PK has looked a lot better as of late, including in tonight’s game. New Jersey was able to take the puck away eleven times, which helped secure the win.
The Devils next game is against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. Same place just a different time at 1:00 PM. Look for the Devils to use a similar strategy to beat the Penguins again as New Jersey seeks a third straight victory.