NHL Game Summary - Washington at New Jersey|
(Friday, December 23rd)
Final Score: New Jersey 4, Washington 3 (SO)
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Sliding to the ice and snapping his glove shut,
Martin Brodeur made up for a poor third period.
Brodeur stopped two skaters in a shootout, including a nifty glove save on
Alex Ovechkin, and the New Jersey Devils beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 on
The Devils gave up a 3-0 third period lead while Brodeur found himself fooled
by some deft Washington passing.
But his save on the crafty Ovechkin was a beauty, and Patrik Elias scored at
the other end to cap a 2-0 New Jersey decision in the shootout.
"He's not that unbelievable in shootouts," Brodeur said of Ovechkin, "but he's
such a threat with his shot and his skill that I had to be sharp -- and I was
lucky to make the save."
Ilya Kovalchuk also scored in the shootout after netting a goal in regulation
for the Devils, who have won five of their last six. Alexander Urbom and Adam
Henrique added goals and Brodeur finished with 22 saves to earn the win.
Jason Chimera had the last two goals for Washington, including the equalizer
with 1:42 remaining. Brooks Laich also scored while Michal Neuvirth had 25
saves for the Capitals, who have dropped three of five.
The Devils improved to 8-1 in shootouts this season, including six straight
wins. The Capitals fell to 1-2 after their first shootout since November 12.
Ovechkin started a tic-tac-toe play on the left wing that finally got the
Capitals on the board 3:48 into the third period. His pass found Dennis
Wideman on the right side, and Wideman tapped the puck down low to Laich for
the goal to get Washington within 3-1.
Later, after the Devils hit a post at the other end, Chimera got the puck to
Brodeur's left and carried it around to the front of the net, hammering it in
to get the Caps within 3-2 with 7:16 remaining.
He was on the same side less than six minutes later when Alexander Semin threw
a shot on net and Laich ended up with the puck, spinning around to deliver a
deft backhand pass to Chimera for a wide-open goal into the right side of the
net to tie the game.
"We threw everything at 'em and the guys played hard to tie the game up," said
Capitals head coach Dale Hunter. "We just went. We had nothing to lose."
On a power play in the second period, Kovalchuk ripped a slap shot past
Neuvirth from the point to give the Devils a 1-0 lead, touching off a three-
goal burst in under eight minutes.
Urbom, who had one goal in eight games last season, scored for the second time
in the NHL after taking a pass in the slot and sending Neuvirth to his stomach
with a deke to his forehand. He flipped the puck over the goaltender's stick.
Henrique made it 3-0 midway through the period after deflecting a point shot
from Matt Taormina.
The Capitals couldn't get past the .500 mark under Hunter. They are 5-6 since
he took over as head coach on November 28.
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