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A late addition, Wood scores against Rangers

Wedgewood (28 saves) goes distance in goal

by Eric Marin / newjerseydevils.com

Postgame: Wedgewood, Wood

Postgame: Wedgewood, Wood

Scott Wedgewood (28 saves), Miles Wood (1g) on Thursday's meeting with the Rangers

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NEW YORK - Scott Wedgewood made 28 saves and Miles Wood scored for the Devils in Thursday's 3-1 preseason loss to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. 

Wedgewood went the distance in his second exhibition start.

"Each day I go through camp and the last couple weeks, I've just gotten better each day and felt more comfortable," Wedgewood said.

He played two periods in Montreal on Monday, stopping 26 of 27 shots in a 3-2 Devils win.

"I've felt good the last two games," he said. "It was nice getting a full one and feeling where my body's at, and it felt fine. A little unfortunate not keeping them off the board more than I could have, but for the most part my game's right where I want it to be in the middle part of camp here."

Wood was a late addition to the lineup, replacing Devante Smith-Pelly (upper body, day-to-day).

"It was kind of a whirlwind of events, a quick turnaround from last night's game (against the Flyers in Allentown, Pa.)," Wood said. "Overall I had fun out there today. It was a nice crowd and I enjoyed it."

Wood put his 6-1, 185-lb. frame to work for his first goal of the preseason with help from linemates Pavel Zacha and Brian Gibbons

"I went to the crease area and then Gibbons made a great play to the slot area," he said. "I just happened to be in the soft spot there, didn't really look at it just kind of got the shot off as quick as possible. That's about all I remember."

His effort in Wednesday's game against Philadelphia earned Wood a second look from the coaching staff in as many nights.

"He's playing to his strengths," coach John Hynes said. "He's in the middle of everything. His speed's a major factor. His physicality's a factor. His work ethic is a factor. He's in the middle of everything, whether it's on the forecheck, in and around the net. 

"I think when you come watch the game and you go back through it, he's impacting the game to his strengths and that's a good thing for a player to do when they come into a training camp like this." 

New York's Brandon Pirri scored twice, including a power-play marker five minutes into the third period that made it 3-1. John Gilmour also scored for the Rangers on the man advantage.

The Devils and Rangers meet again Saturday when the preseason continues at Prudential Center.

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