Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Wedgewood Sharp despite Loss

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Wedgewood Sharp despite Loss

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NEWARK -- For a while Friday night, it appeared the Washington Capitals might never solve Scott Wedgewood.

It took until overtime until they finally did, with defenseman John Carlson finally beating the Devils' rookie goaltender 2:17 into the extra session to give the Capitals a 1-0 victory at Prudential Center.

Washington's Jason Chimera circled behind the Devils' net with the puck and fed Carlson for a one-timer from the right circle that screamed into the net over Wedgewood's right shoulder. Carlson, who grew up in Woodbridge, was playing in his first game back from a lower-body injury.

Wedgewood's impressive shutout streak ended at 159 minutes and 34 seconds. He still has allowed only two goals on 93 shots in his first three NHL starts. Wedgewood made 25 saves Friday.

The Devils still picked up a point from the overtime loss, pulling them within five points of a playoff spot, but have only seven games remaining.

Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby made 22 saves to post his third shutout of the season and 45th win, moving him within three of matching Martin Brodeur's NHL record of 48 from 2006-07.

Wedgewood's strong play has eased the Devils' burden in net with Cory Schneider still sidelined with a sprained MCL in his right knee. Schneider, who was injured March 4 at Dallas, skated again Friday morning, facing shots from some of the team's other injured players, and the plan is for him to skate today. He won't, however, accompany the team to Carolina for the Devils' game there Sunday.

"We're looking that he'll be back in regular practices here over the next couple of days," Devils coach John Hynes said. "He's not going to play in Carolina, he won't be on that trip, but maybe at some point next week. We'll see. He still has to go through those unstructured practices where he's reacting to shots in game situations and things like that, but there's been no setbacks with him at all. It's just a natural progression of his rehab and getting himself back into playing shape. …

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