NEWARK, N.J. – Rookie goalkeeper Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 25 shots to win his second straight line and the New Devils defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 on Monday.
Blackwood is 3-1 since he joined the Devils on December 18. He opened the 2-0 at Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, becoming the first rookie goalkeeper in the history of the franchise to put back-to-back schemes
Brian Boyle, Miles Wood, Sami Vatanen and Pavel Zacha scored for the Devils. It was Zacha's second goal in so many games.
Anders Nilsson left 19 shots for Vancouver.
The Devils have won three consecutive for the first time since the first three games of the session.
The game featured two of the five best players taken in the 2017 draft.
Nico Hischier of NJ from New Jersey was the first general and has 26 points in his second season in the League. Hischier, who finished on Friday 20, had 52 points a year ago.
Elias Pettersson of Vancouver was the fifth pick of the draft and has 39 points in his first season of the NHL.
Vatanen's goal of power at the beginning of the third period made the demons 3-0.
Boyle gave the Devils a 1-0 lead when he scored a rebound at 12:03 in the first period. It was followed by Wood-power-play's goal later in the period for a 2-0 cushion.
NOTES: Devils F Taylor Hall lost his third game with a lower body injury. Direct the team with 37 points. Hall was replaced by LW by Jesper Bratt on the top line of New Jersey. … Vancouver is on its second road trip for six games of the season after winning at Edmonton and Calgary. … Vancouver F Brock Boeser slid in his 100th NHL game. … New Jersey did not have G Cory Schneider (bottom body) and F Marcus Johansson (upper body). Devils G Mackenzie Blackwood was the third star of the NHL week on Monday after going 2-0-0 with a GAA of 1.00 and .975 saving the percentage in two games.