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NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Washington



(Saturday, October 18th)

Final Score: New Jersey 4, Washington 3 (SO)

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Zach Parise notched the lone tally in the shootout to go with his goal and assist in regulation and the New Jersey Devils scored a road win against the Washington Capitals, 4-3, at Verizon Center.

Petr Vrana and Andy Greene also scored in regulation and Martin Brodeur got his 542nd career win with 24 saves, moving him just nine victories behind Patrick Roy's NHL record of 551 wins.

The Devils have now taken four of the first five games this season and finished off a four-game road trip, 3-1-0.

Alexander Semin had a pair of goals while Mike Green scored the other for the Capitals, who had their three-game winning streak halted. Brent Johnson made 34 saves in the loss.

After a hard-fought game was tied after an OT session, New Jersey quickly used its skill players to oust the Caps in the shootout. Brodeur pokechecked Michael Nylander on the Caps' first attempt and Parise responded with a pretty backhander that beat Johnson up high. Brodeur then outlasted Semin, who held the puck for a shot at the right post. Johnson stopped a shot off the stick of Patrik Elias, but Alexander Ovechkin lost the handle and shot wide on his turn giving New Jersey the victory.

"Any time you play Marty [Brodeur], you get up for the game," Johnson said. "I mean, he's arguably the best goalie that ever played...When I face him, I want to have my 'A' game because you know he's going to bring it."

Washington got the game's first goal 5:04 into the contest. Semin took a pass at the blueline and broke in on the netminder, beating Brodeur soundly to the glove side.

The Devils answered at the 12:48 mark of the first. After winning a draw in the offensive zone, Elias got the puck along the right boards and fired a slapper that was redirected by Vrana to the back of the net.

The Caps obtained a 2-1 lead after John Madden was boxed for a holding minor. Brooks Laich picked up a rebound in front and shoveled it over to Green, who lifted the puck over a sprawling Brodeur.

"If they have the lead, it's one of the hardest teams to do anything against, because they can clog up anything," Caps winger Chris Clark said. It's amazing how they do it and it's very frustrating. That was a huge part of our game tonight, getting the lead."

New Jersey survived a 5-on-3 from Washington early in the third, then got a man-advantage of its own when Clark took a tripping minor. The Devils capitalized with Parise finding the far corner of the net after Jamie Langenbrunner fed him the puck to the right of Johnson, tying the score at the 10:34 mark.

Greene then sent a one-timer from the left point that found its way past Johnson just 68 seconds later for a 3-2 lead.

Washington tied the game back up, though, when Semin sent a seemingly harmless wrister from along the right boards off the upper-body of Devils' defenseman Mike Mottau in front and past Brodeur.

With 3:34 remaining in regulation, the Caps got a power-play opportunity but couldn't convert and the game went to overtime. Johnson was tested early but held in the extra session, stopping a pair of booming shots from the top of each circle. Brodeur stood his ground as well, halting a shot from Laich in close with under a minute left in OT.

Game Notes

The teams spilt four meetings last season, though New Jersey has won 10 of the last 13, including six of seven in Washington...Brodeur has six shutouts in 50 career games against the Capitals...Reigning NHL scoring champ Ovechkin registered an assist but has been held to just a pair of goals and one assist through five games. Ovechkin notched 65 goals and 112 points a year ago... Semin leads Washington with six goals and 10 points through five games.

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