NEWARK, NJ - Mackenzie Blackwood made 25 saves and Jack Hughes scored his first NHL goal to propel the Devils to their second-straight win, a 1-0 victory over Vancouver.
"The way we started here, we struggled a lot and couldn't seem to get anything going," said Blackwood, who had his third career shutout. "For us to get two back-to-back wins and start to get a little bit of streak going, it's huge for us. Not only on the scoreboard but mentally and for the gel of the team and just everything moving forward."
In front of a large group of his friends and family and with his brother suited up for the opposition, 2019 first-overall pick Jack Hughes scored his first National Hockey League goal to give the Devils a 1-0 lead.
Taylor Hall fed Hughes from the far-side faceoff dot to the near side and Hughes ripped a shot past goaltender Thatcher Demko.
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"Yeah, that was awesome," said Hughes. "I mean, such a thrill scoring NHL goals. So, I mean, really happy to do it tonight. A little overdue, but it's good to get on the board."
This was the first time Hughes squared off against his brother Quinn at the NHL level.
"I mean, it's funny looking over and seeing him, but at the same time, you're so dialed in. It's a tough league too, so you run into Vancouver, they were really good team. You've gotta be on your a game. I mean, it was good to get the win versus him and a lot of fun to play against him."
As Alexander Edler came skating out of the penalty box with just over seven minutes to go in the second, Blackwood stepped up to keep the Canucks scoreless.
Things were chippy in this game with the two clubs combining for 38 penalty minutes.
It all began to boil over when Blake Coleman suffered a hit in the corner that his Devils teammates took exception to. Mirco Mueller came flying in and got into a fight with Brandon Sutter, eventually wrestling him to the ice.
The fight got Devils tough guy Wayne Simmonds all fired up and he skated to the penalty box to cheer on Mueller for stepping up for his teammate.
Moments later, more pushing and shoving happened after Devils forward John Hayden leveled a Canucks player near the Vancouver net after the puck was briefly covered.
The Devils penalty kill, which had a rough start to the season, is now 16 for 17 in their last three games. They blanked the Canucks on six chances.
With the win, the Devils improved to 2-4-2 this season and have won two in a row.