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Devils nip Caps, thanks to Schneider, Jagr
Newark, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Cory Schneider stopped 30 shots and Adam Henrique netted the eventual game winner early in the second period, as New Jersey slipped past Washington, 2-1, at Prudential Center.
Stephen Gionta netted a first-period score and Jaromir Jagr assisted twice for the Devils, who have won two in a row.
Jason Chimera provided the lone offense for the Capitals, who have dropped seven in a row with the last five coming in regulation.
Michael Neuvirth played well in defeat, making 28 saves.
Washington finally netted its first goal of the contest with 9:50 left in regulation, as a left-point offering from John Erskine was deflected home by Chimera.
However, the visitors came up short from there, including the final 1:15 of the contest with Neuvirth on the bench for an extra skater.
Gionta opened the scoring at 4:57 of the first period, leading a rush up the right wing and beating Neuvirth on a high shot which slipped through the crook of his arm.
It was 2-0 courtesy of a power-play marker 1:45 into the second, as Henrique slid home a Jagr feed from the right side.
The Caps wasted a pair of prime short-handed chances early in the third, failing to get a shot on net off a 2-on-1 break and then having a weak chance from the right wing.
New Jersey has won six of its last eight home games against Washington since November of 2009 ... Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin sat for the second straight game with a lower-body injury ... Washington has lost seven straight games for the first time since going eight in a row without a victory (0-6-2) from Dec. 2-18, 2010 ... The Devils host the Rangers at Yankee Stadium on Sunday afternoon, while the Caps head to Montreal on Saturday night.
01/24 22:17:20 ET
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