The Devils’ winning streak ends at three with a 6-3 loss against the Sharks
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Jacob MacDonald and Anthony Duclair score each twice, and Captain Kahkonen stopped 44 shots as the San Jose Sharks beat the Devils 6-3 on Friday night for their first road win of the season.
Mikael Granlund had a goal and two assists and William Eklund they also scored for San Jose, which improved to 6-16-2 overall. The Sharks went a league-worst 0-10-0 away from home with just six goals in those games.
Dawson Mercer, Jack Hughes and Act of Palat score for New Jersey, where their three-game winning streak was snapped. A defender Simon Nemec had two assists for the Devils in his NHL debut. Akira Schmidt finished with 12 saves.
MacDonald opened the scoring, beating Schmid 2:10 into the contest.
New Jersey tied it on the power play just over 11 minutes later when Mercer scored his sixth of the season.
MacDonald put the Sharks back in front at 2:51 of the middle period with his second of the night and third of the season. It was the first two-goal game for the 30-year-old MacDonald, who came in with four goals in 109 career games.
Duclair increased San Jose’s lead to 3-1 at 9:47 of the second.
Alexander Holtz had a golden opportunity to pull the Devils back within one, but hit the post and then missed a wide-open net on the rebound with just over three minutes left in the second period.
Hughes cut the deficit to 3-2 with his ninth goal at 2:56 of the third, but Duclair scored again, his fifth of the season, at 5:07.
Palat made it 4-3 with 7:02 left with his third before Granlund restored the Sharks’ two-goal lead 40 seconds later with his second.
Eklund scored an empty-net goal for the Sharks in the final minute.
San Jose started the season 0-10-1 before going 5-5-1 in their next 11 games. They only scored three goals in five road losses in November.
A former shark Timo Meier is back after missing seven games with a lower-body injury.
The game marked the return of a goalkeeper Mackenzie Black Foresta defender Nikita Okhotyuk and on Fabian Zetterlund to New Jersey. They were all part of last season’s trade that brought Meier to New Jersey. Meier later signed an eight-year contract extension with the Devils.
New Jersey recalled defenseman Nemec from AHL Utica to replace an injured defenseman Dougie Hamilton, who is out indefinitely after surgery Friday for a torn pectoral muscle sustained in Tuesday’s home win over the Islanders. The 19-year-old Nemec was the second overall pick in the 2022 draft by New Jersey. He had two goals and six assists in 13 games with Utica.
UP THE FATHER
Devils: Visit the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday to start a four-game road trip.
Sharks: Visit the Rangers on Sunday to continue a six-game road trip.