NHL Game Summary - Washington at New Jersey
(Saturday, November 12th)
Final Score: New Jersey 3, Washington 2
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Grant Marshall scored late in the second period to lift the New Jersey Devils past the Washington Capitals, 3-2, in the back end of a home-and-home series at Continental Airlines Arena.
Vladimir Malakhov and Jamie Langenbrunner both scored for the Devils, who completed the sweep in the brief series with the Caps and got another solid performance from goaltender Martin Brodeur.
Brodeur, who returned to the lineup on Friday after a six-game absence because of a knee injury, turned aside 18 of the 20 shots he faced.
"It's a good turn-around for us, two games you get four points" Brodeur said after the game. "We need to win these games."
Matt Bradley and Brian Sutherby each the lit the lamp for Washington, losers of three in a row. Both players also assisted on each other's goals.
Brent Johnson was peppered with 28 shots and stopped 25 in the loss.
With the score tied at 2-2 late in the second, Marshall's power-play tally with 4:43 seconds to go in period proved to be the game-winner. Scott Gomez was behind the Washington net and sent the puck in front to Marshall, whose one-timer sailed past Johnson at the 15:17 mark.
Brodeur then needed to make just two stops in the third period, while Johnson turned aside 10 shots.
"I think it was our best period of the year," Marshall said of the third stanza. "We all played together."
Malakhov gave New Jersey a 1-0 lead in the first period with a power-play goal from the point thanks to an excellent screen by Brian Gionta, who had two assists on Saturday.
The Devils then made it 2-0 when Langenbrunner snapped home a rebound during the power play early in the second.
Washington then scored a pair of goals to even the score. Bradley got the Capitals on the board at 4:02 of the second period and Sutherby knotted the game less than three minutes later.
The Devils were 3-for-8 on the power play and killed off each of Washington's five chances on the man advantage...Washington has lost five straight at New Jersey...The Devils improved to 7-1-1 in the last nine meetings with the Caps.
11/12 16:29:30 ET