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New Jersey 4, Vancouver 0
When: 1:00 PM ET, Monday, December 31, 2018
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Referees: Peter MacDougall, Dan O'Rourke
Linesmen: Scott Cherrey, James Tobias
Attendance: 15772

Mackenzie Blackwood continued the stellar start to his career Monday afternoon with 25 saves to become the first rookie goaltender in team history to record consecutive shutouts as the New Jersey Devils recorded a 4-0 victory over the visiting Vancouver Canucks on Monday afternoon.

Brian Boyle and Miles Wood scored little more than six minutes apart in the first period as the Devils won their third straight game and head into a four-game road trip on their first three-game winning streak since starting the season 4-0. Defenseman Sami Vatanen added a power-play tally early in the third before Pavel Zacha scored nearly two minutes later.

Blackwood helped the Devils beat the Canucks for the eighth straight time by producing his second career shutout in just four starts. He was especially sharp in the second period when the Canucks spent most of the frame in the Devils' defensive zone.

Two weeks after joining the Devils when Cory Schneider went on injured reserve, Blackwood became the first New Jersey goaltender to record consecutive shutouts since Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur on April 3-6, 2010. He ran his shutout streak to 122:50 since allowing a goal to Boston's Patrice Bergeron on Thursday and also became the first rookie to post consecutive shutouts since Anaheim's John Gibson on Dec. 29-31, 2015.

He made a point-blank save on Markus Granlund early in the second, stopped Bo Horvat on an odd-man rush a few minutes later and then made a kick save on Granlund late in the period to protect a two-goal advantage.

The Devils also won despite missing Taylor Hall for a third straight game with a lower-body injury.

The Canucks fell to 2-1 on a six-game road trip necessitated by the World Junior Championships being contested in Vancouver. The Canucks also fell to 8-3-1 in their last 12 games and were handed their first regulation road loss in seven games (had gone 5-0-1 in previous six).

Backup goaltender Anders Nilsson made 19 saves and absorbed his ninth straight loss.

Boyle opened the scoring with 7:57 remaining in the first period by heading in front of the net and tipping a shot from Drew Stafford under Nilsson.

The Devils made it 2-0 late in the period during their first power play when Wood scored his fourth, lifting a wrist shot from the middle of the right faceoff circle over Nilsson's stick after getting a slick cross-ice feed from Vatanen.

After Blackwood kept the lead, the Devils finished it off less than four minutes into the third when Vatanen and Zacha put slap shots by Nilsson.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Vancouver   New Jersey
N/A Points Sami Vatanen 2
N/A Goals Sami Vatanen 1
N/A Assists Sami Vatanen 1
N/A Power Play Goals Sami Vatanen 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Anders Nilsson .826 Save Percentage Mackenzie Blackwood 1.000
Anders Nilsson 19 Saves Mackenzie Blackwood 25
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Vancouver 25 0 0-4 1-3 16 23
New Jersey 23 4 2-3 4-4 8 22
Upcoming Games
  • New Jersey will play their next game on the road against Dallas. The Devils have a W/L % of .467 after a win and .348 after a loss.
  • Vancouver will play their next game on the road against Ottawa. The Canucks have a W/L % of .421 after a win and .478 after a loss.