Hughes Scores 1st NHL Goal in Devils’ 1-0 Win over Canucks

NEWARK, N.J. — Jack Hughes scored his first career goal in his first NHL game against his older brother Quinn Hughes, and the New Jersey Devils beat the Vancouver Canucks 1-0 on Saturday.

Jack Hughes New Jersey Devils
Jack Hughes, New Jersey Devils (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 25 shots in his third career shutout, sending New Jersey to its second straight victory after starting the season with six straight losses.

Jack Hughes, 18, played in his eighth NHL game after he was selected by New Jersey with the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft. Quinn Hughes was a first-round selection by Vancouver in 2018.

There were approximately 80 Hughes family members and friends on hand for their first NHL matchup.

New Jersey went ahead to stay on Hughes’ power-play goal 14:08 into the first period. Taylor Hall kept the puck on his stick while eluding two defenders and fired cross ice to Hughes, who beat Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko.

Blackwood was especially stingy in the second period, when he turned aside 14 shots, including three in a frantic 43-second stretch.

New Jersey Devils Mackenzie Blackwood
New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

With seven minutes left, Elias Pettersson fired a high shot that Blackwood pushed off the crossbar. Then he stopped Alexander Edler on a breakaway after Edler left the penalty box. The rebound bounced out to Edler, who fired it through the crease.

The Devils’ penalty killers had another solid performance, killing off six power plays two days after killing off seven straight chances against the New York Rangers. The Devils allowed eight power-play goals over their first six losses of the season.

NOTES: Although C Nico Hischier missed his second straight game with an upper-body injury, it was the first appearance at home since he finalized a $50.75 million, seven-year contract extension Friday. “I’m happy it’s a long-term deal,” Hischier said. “I’m happy with the direction the team is going in. I’ve been treated well here. I have felt welcomed here since Day 1. I have no reason not to sign here long term. I don’t have to worry about that now.” The 20-year-old Hischier, the No. 1 pick overall in 2017, could have become a restricted free agent at season’s end. … The Devils activated D Andy Greene off the injured list and put D Will Butcher (upper body) on the injured list. … Hughes scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 19, 2019, and Hischier scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 19, 2017. … Hughes (18 years, 158 days) is the second-youngest player in franchise history to score his first NHL goal. Craig Wolanin (18 years, 135 days) is the youngest. … The Canucks wore their 50th anniversary jerseys with the team’s original colours.


Canucks: Visit the New York Rangers on Sunday.

Devils: Host the Arizona Coyotes on Friday night.


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Jim Hague, The Associated Press