Red-hot Devils blank Blackhawks

Defenseman Dougie Hamilton had a goal and two assists, Vitek Vanecek made 24 saves in the second game and the NHL-leading New Jersey Devils beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 on Tuesday night at the Prudential Center in Newark.

Nico Hischier and Jesper Bratt scored and Jack Hughes had two impressive assists for the Devils, who are a league-best 21-4-1 despite losing their first two games.

Arvid Soderblom has 26 saves for the Blacks, who are 1-9-1 in their last 11 games. They were also shut out by the New York Islanders 3-0 on Sunday.

At 11:27 of the first half, Hamilton opened the scoring. He came off the bench and skated into the Blackhawks zone, took a great pass from Hughes and beat Soderblom from the left circle.

Nico Hischier celebrates with his teammates after scoring during the Devils’ 3-0 win over the Blackhawks.

New Jersey opened the game with goals from Hischier and Bratt in the second period. Hischier’s 11th goal came on a late penalty kick in Chicago, while Bratt’s 10th goal came on the power play.

Hamilton had a secondary assist on both goals.

Hischier hit a shot from the top of the right circle that Soderblom screened after losing his stick.

Hughes, now on a six-game point streak with six goals and four assists, made another cross-ice pass to find Bratt in the right circle for a one-timer into the top corner.


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