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NHL Game Summary - Washington at New Jersey



(Saturday, January 17th)

Final Score: New Jersey 2, Washington 1 (OT)

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Patrik Elias scored twice, including the game winner 2:17 into overtime, to lift New Jersey to a 2-1 win over Washington at the Meadowlands.

Corey Schwab stopped 18 shots for the Devils, who snapped a two-game winless streak (0-1-1) and posted their third win in the last nine games (3-5-2). Brian Rafalski added two assists.

Jaromir Jagr scored for the Capitals, who lost for the first time in three games (1-0-1-1). Olaf Kolzig made 29 saves.

Elias delivered consecutive goals for New Jersey, which honored Scott Stevens before the game. Stevens recently set the record for most games played by a defenseman in NHL history.

A power-play tally by Elias, 46 seconds into the second period, forged a 1-1 tie.

Scott Niedermayer fed a pass through the legs of Washington defenseman Jason Doig into the left faceoff circle to Elias, who scored on a high wrist shot.

Then in overtime, he followed a shot by Rafalski from the center point to cap the victory for the Devils.

"[Elias] happens to be very gifted," New Jersey coach Pat Burns said.

Jagr's 16th goal of the season, at 7:30 of the first period, put the Capitals ahead 1-0. He scored on a rebound in the slot off Robert Lang's shot from the right faceoff circle.

"I was pretty proud of how we played," Washington head coach Glen Hanlon said. "You could have switched the jerseys on the teams and wouldn't have known [the difference]."

Midway through the first, Schwab stopped a shot by Bates Battaglia on a breakaway.

Game Notes

Stevens missed his fifth straight game. During the first intermission, he said he is suffering from post-concussion syndrome, and isn't sure when he'll play again...The Devils went 1-for-5 on the power play. Washington was 0-for-4 with the extra skater.

01/17 18:08:42 ET


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