NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Washington
(Friday, November 11th)
Final Score: New Jersey 4, Washington 3
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Martin Brodeur returned to the lineup after a six-game absence because of a knee injury and made 21 saves, as the New Jersey Devils held off a Washington rally and posted a 4-3 victory over the Capitals in a Veterans Day matinee at the MCI Center.
Brodeur hadn't played since October 26 against Tampa Bay when he suffered a sprained knee and the Devils were 2-2-2 in his absence, dropping their last four games.
The Capitals, meanwhile, were without goaltender Olaf Kolzig because of a groin injury. He is also expected to sit out Saturday afternoon's game against the Devils in New Jersey.
Grant Marshall notched a goal and two assists for the Devils, who won for the first time this month. Zach Parise, Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez also scored in the victory.
Matt Bradley, Jeff Halpern and Alexander Ovechkin found the net for the Capitals, who have lost two in a row after winning two straight. Frederic Cassivi, just recalled from Hershey, got the start in net for Washington and made 26 saves.
The Devils opened a 4-1 lead on their first shot of the third period, as Gomez snapped a wrister home from the left circle for his third goal of the season at the 8:09 mark.
Washington got one back just 44 seconds later after a giveaway by New Jersey's Vladimir Malakhov. The veteran defenseman fanned on a pass deep in his own zone and Halpern was the beneficiary, deking Brodeur to the ice before slipping a shot around the fallen netminder for his first goal.
Ovechkin then pulled the Capitals within one with 9:25 to play, knocking the puck past Brodeur from the top of the crease for his 13th goal.
The Devils were given a power play late in the third and nearly added an insurance goal, but Cassivi dove across the crease to stop Marshall on a rebound attempt.
Cassivi was pulled with just over a minute to play, but the Capitals could not mount much of an attack with the extra skater.
The Devils grabbed a 1-0 lead with 6:46 left in the opening period. Washington defenseman Ivan Majesky turned the puck over in his own zone and Marshall took advantage by beating Cassivi with a shot from the right circle for his first goal of the season.
The Capitals tied the game with 4:58 to play in the second period on Bradley's third goal of the year, as he beat Brodeur with a shot from the slot.
New Jersey, though, answered with a pair of goals before the stanza concluded.
Parise put the Devils back in front just 41 seconds after Bradley's goal, firing a shot from the left circle past Cassivi.
Gionta then cashed in a New Jersey power play with 20.7 seconds to play in the period. He took a right-circle feed from Marshall and beat Cassivi with a shot from the slot for his 10th goal.
The Devils hadn't lost four in a row since November 13-18, 2001...Marshall hadn't scored in his previous 23 games...Former Devil Jeff Friesen sat out his second straight game for Washington because of a groin injury...Ovechkin has a three-game goal streak...The Devils were 1-for-6 on the power play and have scored at least one power-play goal in their last seven games...Washington, which was 0-for-3 on the power play, fell to 0-8 when trailing after two periods.
11/11 15:48:25 ET