NHL: Johan Hedberg shuts out New York Islanders
Last Updated: 05/02/13 4:59pm
Johan Hedberg: 22 saves in a shutout for Devils goalie
Johan Hedberg proved a more than adequate backup as he led the New Jersey Devils to a 3-0 win over the New York Islanders.
Hedberg made 22 saves for his 22nd career shutout, stepping in for first choice goalie Martin Brodeur in style against one of the NHL's in-form teams.
The Swede's biggest save came 8:08 into the third period when he stoned New York right wing Michael Grabner on a short-handed breakaway with the game scoreless.
It was still 0-0 going into the final five minutes but Steve Bernier scored twice in 70 seconds and David Clarkson added an empty-netter 22 seconds from the end of the game.
Chris Kunitz scored a hat trick for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 6-3 rout of the Washington Capitals, whose very ordinary start to the season continued in front of a packed but disappointed Verizon Center crowd.
Sidney Crosby had three assists and Tomas Vokoun made 21 saves against his former team for the Penguins (6-3).
Defenseman Brian Campbell scored on the power play with 10:33 remaining to cap Florida's three-goal rally as the Panthers beat Buffalo 4-3.
And David Desharnais and Erik Cole scored first-period goals as the Montreal Canadiens held on for a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators.