NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Mackenzie Blackwood made a career-high 52 saves and stopped six of seven attempts in the shootout to lead the New Jersey Devils over the scuffling Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 Sunday night.
Pierre-Luc Dubois had the only shootout goal for the Blue Jackets, who dropped to 0-2-3 in their last five games.
The game was played a little more than two hours after the Devils announced they had traded defenseman and captain Andy Greene to the New York Islanders for a prospect and a second-round draft pick in 2021.
In the third period, the Devils announced they sent 21-goal scorer Blake Coleman to the Tampa Bay Lightning for junior hockey prospect Nolan Foote and a first-round pick this year.
Stenlund tied it at 3, beating Blackwood in close after a New Jersey turnover at its blue line.
After a listless first period, the Devils scored three times in the second to take a 3-2 lead.
Anderson scored his second of the season on a shot from the right circle at 1:20. Merkley, acquired from Arizona in the Taylor Hall deal this season, got his first NHL goal on a rebound less than three minutes later to tie it.
Palmieri put New Jersey in front with his team-high 22nd goal. It came on a counterattack on a shot from inside the right circle.
Blackwood was at his best in the second period when he stopped 20 shots, including at least a half-dozen Grade-A chances in close.
Columbus was by far the best team in the first period, taking a 2-0 lead on goals by Peeke and Werenski.
Peeke’s goal on a rebound was his first in the NHL. Werenski got his 18th — tops among defensemen this season — on a shot from above the left circle.
NOTES: Mirco Mueller took over Greene’s spot on the top defensive pairing with P.K. Subban. … C Nico Hischier returned to the lineup after missing six games with a lower-body injury. … Dubois kicked a puck into the net seconds after Anderson’s goal. It was quickly waved off. … The 55 shots allowed were the most by the Devils this season.
Blue Jackets: At Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Devils: At St. Louis on Tuesday.