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New Jersey 2, Carolina 0
When: 1:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 29, 2018
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Referees: Eric Furlatt, Peter MacDougall
Linesmen: Scott Driscoll, Tim Nowak
Attendance: 16514

MacKenzie Blackwood authored his first NHL shutout Saturday afternoon, when he stopped all 37 shots he faced as the host New Jersey Devils beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0.

Blackwood's shutout came in just his third career start and in the game immediately after he notched his first NHL win Thursday, when the Devils beat the Boston Bruins 5-2.

Pavel Zacha scored a short-handed goal in the final minute of the second period and Andy Greene added an empty-netter with 32.9 seconds left as the Devils won their second straight. It is New Jersey's first winning streak since it won two straight from Nov. 13-15.

Goalie Curtis McElhinney made 28 saves for the Hurricanes, who have lost two straight and four of five.

Carolina had the potential game-tying goal by Teuvo Teravainen with 1:58 left waved off due to goalie interference on Justin Williams, who bumped into Blackwood's stick moments before Teravainen's shot bounced off the crossbar and into the net.

Zacha broke the scoreless tie with 36 seconds left in the second with his second short-handed goal of the season. With the teams vying for the puck along the boards near center ice, the Hurricanes' Andrei Svechnikov tried passing to Justin Faulk.

But Zacha intercepted the pass and raced up the ice with Faulk in tow, Keeping the puck ahead of him, Zacha bore in on McElhinney and fired a shot that McElhinney deflected. But Zacha corralled the rebound to the left of the net and sent another shot that bounced off the crossbar and behind McElhinney to give New Jersey the lead with two seconds left in a penalty kill created when John Quenneville was whistled for tripping

The teams traded prime scoring chances shortly before the midway point of the third. The Hurricanes nearly tied it twice in a span of a few seconds, first when Sebastian Aho fired wide of the net on a breakaway and then when Teravainen couldn't bat home a loose puck in the crease.

The Devils almost doubled the lead on a power play generated when Clark Bishop drew a high-sticking call. New Jersey won a faceoff deep in the Carolina zone, but Travis Zajac missed a pair of chances to put home a rebound of a shot by Zacha.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Carolina   New Jersey
N/A Points Pavel Zacha 2
N/A Goals Pavel Zacha 1
N/A Assists Pavel Zacha 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals Pavel Zacha 1
Curtis McElhinney .966 Save Percentage Mackenzie Blackwood 1.000
Curtis McElhinney 28 Saves Mackenzie Blackwood 37
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Carolina 37 0 0-5 3-3 8 32
New Jersey 30 2 0-3 5-5 12 34
Upcoming Games
  • New Jersey will play their next game at home against Vancouver. The Devils have a W/L % of .429 after a win and .348 after a loss.
  • Carolina will play their next game at home against Philadelphia. The Hurricanes have a W/L % of .400 after a win and .409 after a loss.