NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Washington|
(Monday, October 12th)
Final Score: New Jersey 3, Washington 2 (SO)
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Jamie Langenbrunner accounted for the
deciding goal in the shootout, as the Devils earned a 3-2 comeback victory
Brian Rolston and David Clarkson each scored in regulation for New Jersey,
which received a 31-save effort from Martin Brodeur en route to sweeping a
three-game road trip.
"Regardless of the teams you play, you have three games and you hope to do
well," said Brodeur. "We did great, we got all six points in different ways
and we've got to be happy about that."
Washington couldn't hang on to a 2-0 lead and has dropped four straight after
back-to-back wins to open the year. Mike Green and Mike Knuble each recorded a
goal, while Jose Theodore made 27 saves in defeat.
After the Devils failed to convert a power-play chance in overtime, Nicklas
Backstrom scored for Washington to start the shootout. Zach Parise then beat
Theodore, and Brodeur stopped Alexander Semin's slap shot.
Langenbrunner had his wrister trickle in, and Alex Ovechkin's backhand was
denied by Brodeur to seal the win.
Near the midway point of the opening period, Green gathered a loose puck at
the left face off circle and beat Brodeur top shelf. Knuble was able to sneak
one in from the right circle to make it 2-0 with 5:44 left in the first.
Rolston's snap shot at the 8:18 mark of the second cut Jersey's deficit in
half, and Clarkson tied it with a one-timer from the bottom of the right
circle with 6:26 remaining in regulation.
"It's only six games into the season, but every team has something to work
hard on," said Green. "Maybe that's one of ours - getting better in the third
period where we don't give up that goal. We're coming together as a team and
we feel now we're getting better."
Ovechkin recorded two assists...Brodeur was 5-0-0 with a 2.10 goals-against
average in his last previous trips to the Verizon Center.
10/13 00:02:16 ET