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Blackwood gets second straight shutout in Devils win against Kings

Makes 37 saves to extend New Jersey point streak; Los Angeles has lost nine of 10

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Blackwood shuts out Kings

LAK@NJD: Blackwood earns third shutout of season

MacKenzie Blackwood stopped ll 37 of the shots he faced, collecting his second consecutive shutout in the Devils' win over the Kings

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NEWARK, N.J. -- Mackenzie Blackwood made 37 saves for his second straight shutout for the New Jersey Devils, a 3-0 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Prudential Center on Saturday.

It is the second time that Blackwood, who made 46 saves in a 5-0 win at the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, he has had two straight shutouts. He also did it from Dec. 29-31, 2018, when he shut out the Carolina Hurricanes and Vancouver Canucks.

"Obviously, you get a little bit lucky at times, but I think it was another great team game," Blackwood said. "We were keeping stuff to the outside and guys were blocking shots (New Jersey had 18 blocks). Everyone in this room plays for each other. It's awesome to see everyone care. That makes me want to battle for them even more."

 

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Kyle Palmieri had a goal and an assist for the Devils (20-24-10), who extended their point streak to a season-high six games (3-0-3).

"It's been defense and strong goaltending and, obviously, everyone's bought in," New Jersey forward Blake Coleman said. "Everyone's having fun and special teams has been going here a little bit. It's a good feeling right now." 

Video: LAK@NJD: Gusev fires one-timer by Peterson

Calvin Petersen made 31 saves in his season debut for the Kings (19-32-5), who have lost four straight and are 1-8-1 in their past 10 games. 

"A little too much vanilla from a lot of guys, and obviously the lack of offense comes back to bite us," Kings coach Todd McLellan said. "We are desperately searching for some help offensively. There have been a lot of players who have played a lot of games for us, and they haven't hit the score sheet or even the chance sheet."

The Devils took a 3-0 lead when Nikita Gusev, Coleman and Palmieri scored in a span of 5:05 of the second period.

Gusev scored with a one-timer from low in the left face-off circle at 5:38, Coleman scored a power-play goal off a wrist shot from the right circle at 7:35, and Palmieri redirected a shot in the slot by Andy Greene at 10:43.

"[Power play] is a role that I've played throughout my career, but I've been surrounded by talented offensive players so I haven't gotten as many looks as I would want, but I'm going to make the most of my time out there," said Coleman, whose power-play goal was his first of the season. "All it takes is that one chance and we were able to capitalize today. Anytime you can win a special teams' game, more times than not, you're going to win the game."

Blackwood stopped Kings forward Anze Kopitar on a penalty shot at 12:37 of the second period.

"[Kopitar] kind of had a breakaway before (the penalty shot) and I just tried to get out, get big," Blackwood said. "I wanted to make the first move to make him try to beat me or try and place a perfect shot. I was fortunate to be able to read that one."

Said Kopitar, "I was trying to go over the pad and he stopped it. I haven't seen any of the other games they played before, but it seemed like [Blackwood] was in the zone."

Video: LAK@NJD: Coleman buries wrist shot for a PPG

 

They said it

"You have to find a way to contribute to compete in the League and we need some guys like that now. It can't always be Kopitar or certain guys that do all the scoring. We're not a strong enough team to prevent goose eggs every night. We are going to need some offense from guys, and we didn't get it tonight." -- Kings coach Todd McLellan

"There's nothing big in my game that I have changed. It's just adjusting to reads, seeing the game, playing more games, and practicing with a great goaltending coach (Roland Melanson). That allows me to make better reads on the ice, take ice when I need to, and be able to see plays as they're happening and a little before. I think it's just a learning experience and a testament to being in the League and being up here a little bit longer." -- Devils goalie Mackenzie Blackwood

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Need to know

Trevor Moore had two hits in 12:36 of ice time in his Kings debut after the forward was acquired in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday for forward Kyle Clifford and goalie Jack Campbell. ... Greene had a game-high six blocked shots. ... Devils defenseman Damon Severson had an assist and has six points (two goals, four assists) in a six-game point streak. ... Palmieri has nine points (five goals, four assists) in his past nine games. ... Blackwood has not allowed a goal in 135:03. 

 

What's next

Kings: At the New York Rangers on Sunday (6 p.m. ET; ESPN+, MSG+, FS-W, NHL.TV)

Devils: Host the Florida Panthers on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, FS-F, NHL.TV)

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