Late OT goal helps Devils down Capitals
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Ilya Kovalchuk's goal with 21 seconds left in overtime lifted the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals at Prudential Center.
Kovalchuk received a pass from Marek Zidlicky on the end line and beat Capitals goaltender Michael Neuvirth with a wrister for the win.
Zidlicky had two assists and Patrik Elias and Stephen Gionta each added a goal for the Devils, who improve to 3-0 on the lockout-shortened season.
Martin Brodeur stopped 26 of the 28 shots he faced in the victory.
Mike Ribeiro and Mike Green each scored one goal for Washington (0-3-1), which has gone winless in its first four games.
Gionta broke a scoreless deadlock with just over six minutes to go in the first period. Jacob Josefson sliced between two defenders on a fastbreak and dumped the puck over to Gionta, who beat Neuvirth to give the Devils a 1-0 lead.
Zidlicky's slap shot from the right wing was stopped late in the second, but Elias put home the rebound to give New Jersey a 2-0 advantage with one minute left in the period.
Washington cashed in on a two-man advantage in the third period to make it 2-1. Joel Ward passed it across the crease to Ribeiro, who was able to beat a slow-recovering Brodeur for his first goal of the season.
Green's unassisted goal with 2:56 to play in regulation knotted the game at 2-2, and neither team could get a clean look the rest of the way to send the contest to overtime.
New Jersey was 1-for-6 on power play opportunities ... Washington went 1-for-8 on the power play ... Green also had an assist for the Caps ... Neuvirth had 32 saves in the setback.
01/25 22:36:39 ET