NHL Game Summary - Washington at New Jersey|
(Friday, November 11th)
Final Score: Washington 3, New Jersey 1
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Jason Chimera and Marcus Johansson both scored
third-period goals to lift the Washington Capitals to a 3-1 victory over the
New Jersey Devils in the opener of a home-and-home set at Prudential Center.
Alex Ovechkin netted his seventh goal of the season for Washington, which
snapped its two-game skid and New Jersey's three-game winning streak.
Tomas Vokoun made half of his 32 saves during the final 20 minutes for the
Capitals, who had dropped four of their last six games since starting the
season with seven consecutive victories.
Capitals forward Matt Hendricks praised his goaltender's effort.
"Tomas made some big saves for us all night when we needed them and definitely
kept us in there," he said.
Martin Brodeur stopped 17 shots in defeat.
Washington pulled even late in the second period. Nicklas Backstrom won an
offensive zone faceoff back to Dennis Wideman at the right point. Wideman
fired a shot that didn't reach Brodeur and Ovechkin buried the puck from the
side of the net with 2:27 remaining.
New Jersey was on the power play to begin the third period after Chimera was
called for roughing. The Capitals killed off the penalty, but were down a man
again when Devils forward David Clarkson drew a tripping infraction on Mike
Chimera then found the scoresheet in a different category, beating a prone
Brodeur for a short-handed tally at 2:27. Johansson lit the lamp with a
backhander at 10:43.
"Getting scored on our own power play is something that we have to address
because it's a big time momentum swing," Brodeur said.
The Devils grabbed a 1-0 lead at 13:06 of the first period. Rookie Adam
Larsson, the fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft, netted his first career
goal, firing a slap shot from the right circle that beat Vokoun on the far
Ovechkin has scored all his goals on the road this season...Washington
defenseman Mike Green returned after missing the last six games with an
injured right ankle. However, he left Friday's contest with a different
ailment...New Jersey played its third straight game without forward Ilya
Kovalchuk (lower-body injury)...Washington head coach Bruce Boudreau notched
his 199th career NHL win...The Capitals were 0-for-4 on the power play. New
Jersey's penalty-killing unit has yet to give up a goal on home ice this
season (30-for-30)...These teams will meet again in the nation's capital on
11/11 23:18:53 ET