Hedberg delivers shutout in second start

September, 30, 2011
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Devils goaltender Johan Hedberg didn't see a sliver of the action he faced in last Saturday's 6-2 loss on Long Island, but was tremendous in his second start against the Islanders this week.

Hedberg faced only four shots in the first period--the first of which came not until almost 14 minutes into play--but went on to stop all 16 shots faced Friday in the Devils' 1-0 shutout win in Newark.

"I thought he was at the top of his game," coach Pete DeBoer said. "At the morning skate he knew he was going to get some work with a young group in front of him and he came prepared to play. I thought he was great."

Hedberg said the lack of activity in the first period forced him to remain mentally sharp, but considered it a good precursor for the regular season.

"It's just as much the mental part for me to get game-ready, so this was good practice for me," Hedberg said.

Hedberg said he felt himself improve as the game progressed, moving closer to regular-season form with his patience and ability to read the plays.

"It was better than giving up six goals," Hedberg said of Saturday's rout on Long Island. "It's more the feelings that you get back -- like I'm doing the right things on the ice, reading the plays right. I felt it's coming."
Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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