ANAHEIM, Calif. — Pavel Zacha and Jesper Bratt are good friends off the ice and used that connection on it to score twice and help the New Jersey Devils defeat the Anaheim Ducks 3-0 on Sunday night at Honda Center.
Zacha scored twice on the power play and Bratt had the primary assists on both goals. The Devils did lose Zacha late in the game to an apparent injury but Nico Hischier scored his 14th goal of the season to put it away and help Cory Schneider record his first shutout of the season (34 saves).
The Devils extended their point streak to six games (4-0-2). New Jersey woke up at the end of a lackluster first period when Zacha converted on the power play at 17:06. P.K. Subban started the play behind the Devils’ net and found Bratt in the neutral zone. Bratt blew past two defenders and cut to the net, where he slid a feed to Zacha for the one-timer past goalie John Gibson (32 saves).
Bratt again set up Zacha on the power play 3:48 into the second. With Miles Wood screening in front, Bratt found Zacha in the left circle and he beat Gibson with the wrister to make it 2-0.
Schneider made the score stand up. He withstood strong pressure in the third period and two late power plays before Hischier deflected a shot by Connor Carrick past Gibson with 6:04 left in regulation.
Schneider's shutout was his first since February 21, 2019, and the third of his career against the Ducks. ... Bratt has six points over his last six games. … With the secondary assist on Zacha’s second goal, Nikita Gusev extended his point streak to six games and has nine points over that span. … Fredrik Claesson was a late scratch with an injury. He was replaced by Josh Jacobs, who dressed for his second career NHL game. … Jesper Boqvist was recalled from Binghamton of the American Hockey League and was a healthy scratch.