Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Rookie Wedgewood Makes 39 Saves, Earns First Shutout

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Rookie Wedgewood Makes 39 Saves, Earns First Shutout

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PITTSBURGH - The start of Scott Wedgewood's NHL career must feel like a dream.

In two starts, the Devils rookie goaltender has two wins and one shutout.

With Wedgewood posting his first NHL shutout with 39 saves, the Devils took down the league's hottest player and hottest team Thursday night, blanking Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-0, at Consol Energy Center.

Kyle Palmieri potted a pair of goals and Adam Henrique also scored as the Devils ended the Penguins' six-game winning streak and Crosby's 12-game point streak. The victory was the Devils' first in this building in six tries dating to Feb. 10, 2013 and was just their third at Consol Energy Center (3-10-1) since it opened in 2010.

"I'm super happy, super stoked for the way it's going right now," said Wedgewood, who has stopped 66 of 67 shots in his two starts. "I don't want to get too high or too low at any point throughout the year, but right now it's feeling good. I'm feeling confident in my game and the guys around me are making it very easy to play at this level."

Wedgewood, 23, was the first Devils goalie to post a shutout in Pittsburgh since Martin Brodeur was on the losing end of a 1-0 shootout loss on March 25, 2011. He was the first Devils goalie to post a shutout win in Pittsburgh since Brodeur's record-breaking 104th career shutout in a 4-0 victory on Dec. 21, 2009.

"It hasn't really hit me, yet," Wedgewood said. "I'm just more excited to get the win. ... Obviously, to blank them is something huge for myself and the team."

The only question is whether Devils coach John Hynes will stick with Wedgewood for tonight's home game against Washington.

"That's a good question. I think we're going to sit on this one and talk about it on the plane."

The Devils won for the fifth time in their past seven games overall despite being without No. 1 goaltender Cory Schneider, who is sidelined with a sprained MCL in his right knee. …

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