Capitals Beat Devils 3-2 in Shootout

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Photo: Washington Capitals

The Washington Capitals  beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in a shoot-out, Saturday afternoon at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.  The Capitals record improves to 37-9-4.  The Devils record drops to 26-21-6.  The Capitals will next play host to the Philadelphia Flyers on Super Bowl Sunday at high-noon.

This was Andre Burakovsky’s 100th game in the NHL. The starting lines for the Capitals:

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Ovechkin-Backstrom-Oshie
Burakovsky-Kuznetsov-Williams
Chimera-Richards-Wilson
Carey-Laich-Latta

Defensive pairs:
Schmidt-Carlson
Alzner-Niskanen
Orlov-Chorney

Marcus Johansson was scratched with a lower-body injury. Brooks Orpik was once again scratched due to a lower body injury he sustained in Detroit on November 1oth. Stanislav Galiev was a healthy scratch.  The goalie match-up for this afternoon’s match-up, by @CapsGoalies

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QUICK TAKES
The Devils would record their first official shot-on-goal with eight minutes remaining in first period.  A sluggish first 30 minutes to this one, as scoring chances were scarce. Andre Burakovsky would continue his hot streak, with a goal in the second period, his 10th of the season , and fifth straight game he has scored a goal.  The five-straight games with a goal ties Alex Ovechkin (10/10-10/22) for longest goal streak of the this season for the Capitals.  The Capitals power play continues to struggle, now zero for their last 15 power plays.

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The Caps received the game’s first power play at 6:32 of the first period on a hooking call on the Devils Stephen Gionta.  The Caps would be unable to convert, stretching their streak to 13-straight power plays without a score.  The first period would end in a scoreless tie. The Capitals led in shots-on-goal 7-5 through the first period of play.

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Andre Burakovsky would provide the game’s first tally at the 12:30 mark of the middle frame. The goal was setup on a patented feed from Evgeny Kuznetsov to Justin Williams from below the goal, with Burakovsky providing the final clean-up.

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The second period would end with the Caps leading 1-0.

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The Devils would tie the game quickly at the 1:51 mark of the final frame on a power-play goal by Joseph Blandisi.

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The Devils would grab the lead at the 7:47 mark of the third period on a shot from the point by Adam Henrique.

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The Capitals would tie it up late on a deflection goal by Paul Carey at 14:07.  This was Carey’s first goal of his NHL career.

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Regulation would end in a 2-2 tie. The Capitals led in shots-on-goal 27-22 through three periods.

OVERTIME
Overtime would be scoreless, but Captain Alex Ovechkin had the hit of the game:

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SHOOTOUT
The Devils would shoot first and be denied by Braden Holtby. T.J. Oshie would score on the Caps first attempt.  The Devils next attempt would also be stymied by Holtby.  Evgeny Kuznetsov would be denied by the Devils Schneider.  The Devils would tie-it on their next attempt.  Ovechkin would win it. Capitals win 3-2 in a shootout.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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