NHL Game Summary - Washington at New Jersey
(Saturday, November 14th)
Final Score: New Jersey 5, Washington 2
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Jamie Langenbrunner and Cory Murphy each posted a goal and one assist, as New Jersey earned its eight consecutive victory by dispatching Washington, 5-2, at Prudential Center.
Colin White, Matt Halischuk and Zach Parise also scored for the Devils, who have won 11 of their last 12 games and can take a share of the NHL record book with their 10th straight road win to start the season with a win at Philadelphia on Monday.
Martin Brodeur stopped 27 shots for the win.
"Everything happened fast in this game," Brodeur said of Washington's early burst followed by his club's comeback. "After that, we scored and everything seemed to come out better. You have to get up for some of these games. I know it's early, but they're still a good hockey club. We needed to come out a lot stronger."
Tomas Fleischmann and Mathieu Perreault tallied for the Capitals, who had won four in a row coming in, all without star forward Alex Ovechkin.
Jose Theodore took the loss after allowing all five goals on 23 shots.
Langenbrunner's man-advantage goal at the 5:44 mark of the second tied the game at two and Parise put the home team ahead with 5:20 left in the middle period.
Halischuk netted his first career goal to put the Devils up by two inside the final minute, and Murphy extended the lead to 5-2 at 3:15 of the third.
Brodeur stopped all eight shots he faced over the final 20 minutes to secure the victory.
"We didn't execute as good as we have been," said Caps forward Brendan Morrison. "They play tight, a lot of one-goal games. We're disappointed. They already beat us twice this year and we wanted to come in and make a statement but it didn't happen."
Washington showed no signs of slowing down despite the absences of Ovechkin and Mike Knuble, scoring twice in a 47-second span early on.
Fleischmann hit the net on a power play at 4:15 and Perreault doubled the advantage at 5:02, before White halved the Devils' deficit at 9:47.
New Jersey has won all three meetings this season and four of the last five...Knuble will miss 3-to-4 weeks with a broken finger which will require surgery...Entering the game, Washington had scored a league-high 73 goals in 19 games.
11/14 23:57:29 ET