NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Washington
(Friday, March 10th)
Final Score: New Jersey 4, Washington 3 (SO)
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Scott Gomez scored two goals and Sergei Brylin netted the decisive goal in the shootout as the New Jersey Devils edged the Washington Capitals, 4-3, at the Verizon Center.
Patrik Elias notched three assists as he played in his first game since the Olympic break after injuring his ribs while playing for the Czech Republic in last month's Winter Olympics.
Brian Gionta added a goal and an assist while Martin Brodeur made 25 saves for the Devils, who have won two of their last three games overall.
Matt Pettinger, Bryan Muir and Dainius Zubrus tallied goals for the Capitals, who saw a modest two-game winning streak come to an end. Olaf Kolzig allowed three goals on 27 shots.
Slava Kozlov led things off with a goal in the shootout and it came down to Washington's last shooter, Brian Willsie, to keep things alive for the Caps. Willsie fired a snap shot from in tight that beat Brodeur on his stick side to tie it up at 1-1.
Gomez and Brooks Laich then traded goals before Brylin put the Devils ahead with a backhander that Kolzig couldn't snag with his glove. Brodeur then stoned Ben Clymer on his backhand attempt to give the Devils the extra point.
The Caps drew first blood scoring 3:59 into the contest on Pettinger's 16th tally of the campaign.
About four minutes later, Muir's seventh goal of the season gave the Caps a 2-0 edge. Muir ripped a wrister from the left point and the puck made its way through a sea of players and past a stickless Brodeur on his glove side. The Devils' netminder lost his stick on a poke check attempt earlier in the action.
The Devils then scored two goals to head into the first intermission tied at 2-2.
At the 13:05 mark, Gionta got New Jersey on the board, redirecting a pass from Elias at the left side of the net past a sliding Kolzig.
Gomez then scored a power-play goal with only six seconds left in the opening period to even the score. With time winding down, Elias made a pass from the right circle to Gomez in the high slot and he fired a quick slap shot through Kolzig's five hole for the tally.
With the game tied at 2-2, Gomez scored just 2:55 into the final frame for a 3-2 lead.
Zubrus then sent the game into overtime, scoring a power-play goal with only 34 seconds left on the third period clock. Jeff Halpern controlled the puck behind the net and flipped the disc out to Zubrus in front and he one-timed the feed past Brodeur.
Rookie superstar Alexander Ovechkin failed to score a goal for Washington and saw his seven-game goal scoring streak end...Defensemen Ken Klee and Brad Lukowich played in their first game with the Devils after being acquired before the trade deadline on Thursday...Rico Fata played his first game with the Caps after being claimed off waivers from the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday...Halpern registered his 200th point in the NHL.
03/10 22:22:39 ET