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Monday, October 12th (All times eastern)

New Jersey Devils (2-2-0) at Washington Capitals (2-2-1), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - After losing their first two games of the 2009-10 campaign, the New Jersey Devils shoot for a third straight win tonight against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center.

The Devils are 2-0 so far on a three-game road trip and recorded a 3-2 victory at Florida on Saturday, as David Clarkson scored on the power play with 3:35 remaining in the game and Martin Brodeur stopped 19-of-21 shots to preserve the victory.

"I just boxed that guy out in front, got in the right position, and Travis (Zajac) was able to put it across with a beautiful pass right on my stick," Clarkson said of his game-winning goal.

Rob Niedermayer and Zajac had a goal apiece for New Jersey, which is 4-0-0 on the road since losing six straight away from the Prudential Center. Brodeur is 5-0-0 with a 2.10 goals-against average in his last five trips to the Verizon Center.

Meanwhile, the Capitals have fallen back to earth after their hot start to the new season. They have lost three straight since winning the first two games of 2009-10, including Saturday's 3-2 setback at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena.

Caps goaltender Jose Theodore made 34 saves, but gave up Tomas Holmstrom's eventual game-winning goal on the power play with just under seven minutes remaining in the third period.

"We worked really hard, but took a couple of penalties that cost us," said Theodore. "They have a good power play. It was a tight hockey game and it could have gone either way."

Brendan Morrison and Matt Bradley both scored and Ovechkin notched his 10th point of the season with an assist for Washington, which has given up 13 goals in the past three games and will open a three-game homestand tonight.

New Jersey and Washington have split the last 10 matchups between the teams.

10/12 10:51:09 ET


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