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Wedgewood makes 28 saves, Devils shut out Islanders

Smith has two assists; New York fails to score again for Sorokin in second start

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

Hughes opens scoring with PPG

NYI@NJD: Hughes wires wrist shot short side for PPG

Ty Smith starts his career with a point in five straight games, setting up Jack Hughes who rifles a power-play goal home to make it 1-0 Devils

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NEWARK, N.J. -- Scott Wedgewood made 28 saves for his first NHL win in three seasons, helping the New Jersey Devils to 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 career shutout and first since a 5-0 win with the Coyotes against the Devils on Dec. 2, 2017. He signed a one-year, two-way contract with New Jersey on Oct. 11 after he was the third goalie for the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning and made his second straight start after Devils 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.

"When you get so many people giving you different advice, eventually something's going to work and I think it's coming full circle," Wedgewood said. "It's made me kind of understand what I do and how I do it, and just use that as your strength. I think I'm taking up more net, making myself a little bigger and being a lot more patient."

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

Video: NYI@NJD: Zacha buries Gusev rebound from in close

Smith became the sixth NHL defenseman to have at least one point in his first five NHL games (one goal, five assists). The 20-year-old will look to tie the NHL record set by Marek Zidlicky (Nashville Predators, 2003-04) when the Devils play the Philadelphia Flyers here on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, NBCSP, NHL.TV).

"It helps to get those points to help us create offense, but at the same time I think I need to continue to improve defensively and continue to get stronger to handle these men I play against every night," Smith said.

Ilya Sorokin made 22 saves in his second start with 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.

"We owe [Sorokin] quite a bit here and we'll make sure we get them back," Islanders captain Anders Lee said. "I know he's going to stand tall for us."

Hughes gave the Devils a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal at 17:00 of the first period when he 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 in the slot at 19:00 of the first.

"It's all about experience," Sorokin said. "It's just my second game in the NHL. It's different speed, different level. I believe with work, I should be better. Goalie is a very important position in the game; you should give a chance to your teammates every game, every time. It's hard when you start every game 0-2, 0-1. We work. Just work."

The Islanders had six shots on goal but failed to score on their first power play after Devils defenseman Damon Severson took a high sticking penalty at 7:11 of the first period. They finished 0-for-2 with the man-advantage.

"We need everybody contributing through our lineup right now," New York coach Barry Trotz said. "We're not getting enough from every line. We need a little more finish. Where you break through is by getting to the net a little bit more."

Wedgewood made 10 saves in the first period and 12 in the third.

"Coming in as a team, we obviously wanted to respond after [the loss Thursday] and wanted to win the special teams battle, and that was the main reason we got the [win]," Wedgewood said. "I've got to say before I forget, it's my mom's birthday and she's probably watching, so I have to give her a Happy Birthday shoutout.

"Since I can't see you, that's your present."

NOTES: Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier sustained an undisclosed injury in the second period. Trotz did not have an update. … New York forward Michael Dal Colle played 10:49 in his season debut after being activated off injured reserve. ... There was a video tribute in the first period for former Devils defenseman Andy Greene and goalie Cory Schneider, now with the Islanders. ... Devils forward Nicholas Merkley made his season debut and had three shots on goal in 11:08 of ice time.

Video: Wedgewood makes 28 saves, Devils blank Islanders

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