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Devils Goalie Scott Wedgewood Gets Shutout in Second Career Start

Scott Wedgewood followed up becoming the first New Jersey Devils goaltender since Martin Brodeur to record a victory in his National Hockey League debut last Sunday, by shutting out the Pittsburgh Penguins in his second career start Thursday night.

The Penguins tested Wedgewood early in the game but he was able to stand tall and turn away all 39 shots thrown at him. Wedgewood’s most impressive stop of night came about 24 seconds into the middle frame as he denied a point blank shot by Sidney Crosby, as he skated in three-on-one, preserving the Devils 2-0 lead.

Wedgewood made his NHL debut last Sunday at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets after being called up from the Albany Devils of the American Hockey League, while Devils number one goalie Cory Schneider has been recovering from an MCL strain and backup netminder Keith Kinkaid was struggling getting thrown into playing every night.

In just two starts Wedgewood has turned away 66 of the 67 shots he has faced. According to Elias Sports, his 39 saves against the Penguins were the most by a Devils goalie in his first shutout.

Wedgewood said, “I am super happy, super stoked for the way it is going right now and obviously I do not want to get too high or too low at any point throughout the year, but right now it is feeling good. I am feeling super confident in my game and the guys around me are making it very easy to play at this level.”

Since losing 6-1 to these same Penguins at home on March 6, the Devils have gone 5-2-0, to sit six points out of the final wildcard spot with eight games to play.

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