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Blackwood, Devils hold off Canucks to snap losing streak

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Wayne Simmonds and Jesper Bratt scored 22 seconds apart in the first period and Mackenzie Blackwood made 30 saves in the Devils’ 2-1 victory over the Canucks on Sunday.

Brock Boeser had a power-play goal for Vancouver. The Canucks are 0-3-1 in their last four games.

Simmonds opened the scoring on a power play with 8:12 left in the first period for the Devils, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Taylor Hall sent a pass into the Canucks’ zone that Kyle Palmieri directed to Simmonds. He put it past goalie Jacob Markstrom for the Devils’ second road power-play goal of the season.

Boeser scored with 7:20 left in the second. He took J.T. Miller’s pass, used his speed to skate into the Devil’s zone, then beat Blackwood with a low shot to the far corner.

It was the second head-to-head brother clash between Vancouver’s Quinn Hughes, the 20-year-old defenseman picked seventh overall in the 2018 draft, and Jack Hughes, the 18-year-old center picked No. 1 by the Devils this year.

In an Oct. 19 meeting, Jack Hughes scored his first NHL goal in the Devils’ 1-0 win over the Canucks. On Sunday, Quinn Hughes earned an assist on Boeser’s goal while Jack was kept off the scoresheet.

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