Wedgewood gets last-minute start, helps Devils hold off Penguins

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NEWARK, N.J. — Scott Wedgewood made 40 saves as a last-minute replacement for the New Jersey Devils in a 3-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Prudential Center on Thursday.

Wedgewood, named the starter when Mackenzie Blackwood was scratched after sustaining an undisclosed injury during warmups, is 2-0-2 in his past four starts.

Jack Hughes had a goal and an assist for the Devils (10-13-4), who have won two straight after losing four (0-2-2). Blackwood took warmups but left early to be seen by the New Jersey training staff. His absence is not related to COVID-19.

Jake Guentzel scored, Kris Letang had two assists and Tristan Jarry made 32 saves for the Penguins (18-11-1), who have lost two straight following a six-game winning streak. 

The Penguins played without center Evgeni Malkin, who sustained a lower-body injury in the first period of a 2-1 loss at the Boston Bruins on Tuesday.

Hughes gave the Devils a 1-0 lead on a snap shot from along the goal line at the left post that beat Jarry over his right shoulder at 10:02 of the first period. 

P.K. Subban scored a power-play goal on a slap shot from the point to make it 2-0 at 8:42 of the second period. Travis Zajac scored his first goal in 17 games on a deflection from the slot to give the Devils a 3-0 lead at 10:19. 

Guentzel scored on Pittsburgh’s 22nd shot of the second period on a tip-in from the slot on the power play to make it 3-1 at 19:47. 

Bryan Rust scored on a snap shot from the left face-off circle and Jarry pulled for an extra attacker to pull the Penguins within 3-2 with five seconds left in the third period. 

Devils forward Nathan Bastian sustained an undisclosed injury 1:36 into the second period.

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