The Washington Capitals fell to the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center in Newark by a final score of 6-0 on Thursday night. The lone bright spot for Washington was goaltender Pheonix Copley, who made his Capitals debut and played well, stopping 30 shots. The loss was the Capitals’ first loss to the Devils in regulation since November 14, 2014.
Capitals’ Lines at Devils
#Caps lines vs. NJD:
8-Ovechkin, 92-Kuznetsov, 10-Connolly
13-Vrana, 19-Backstrom, 77-Oshie
65-Burakovsky, 20-Eller, 18-Stephenson
23-Jaskin, 26-Dowd, 25-Smith-Pelly
Copley vs. Kinkaid. #CapsDevils
— Mike Vogel (@VogsCaps) October 11, 2018
The Capitals made no lineup changes from their 5-2 win against the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday night. Keith Kinkaid got the start for the Devils in their home opener.
New Jersey pressured the Capitals in their zone to begin the game. Forward Kyle Palmeri deflected the puck with his skate in front of Copley after center Nico Hischier shot it from the slot. The goal would make it 1-0 Devils 7:02 into the game.
Palmeri scored again from the right circle on the power play with 1:27 left in the period with a wicked wrister over the glove of Copley on the power play to make it 2-0.
The Capitals led the Devils 10-7 in hits and went 0-for-1 on the power play in the first period. New Jersey had four giveaways while Washington had one.
The Devils outshot the Capitals 13-6 and led in blocked shots 6-3 in the opening frame. New Jersey went 1-for-2 on the man advantage and won 70% of the faceoffs in the first.
Each team was credited with six takeaways in the first period.
Former Capital Marcus Johansson ripped one off the post and in from the high slot after getting a feed from the point to make it 3-0.
The Capitals led 18-14 in hits and only had five giveaways while the Devils had eight. Washington went 0-for-2 on the power play through two.
The Devils led 25-11 in shots, including 12-5 in the middle frame, 15-9 in takeaways, and 13-7 in blocked shots after 40 minutes. New Jersey won 68% of the faceoffs and went 1-for-3 on the man advantage through two.
Blake Coleman banked it off of Copley from a sharp angle to extend the Devils’ lead to 4-0 5:49 into the period.
Jean-Sebastien Dea made it 5-0 from the right circle after Copley poked the puck away from Brian Boyle. It went right to Dea, who went high-glove on Copley with 8:25 left.
Boyle made it 6-0 with 5:15 left on a wraparound attempt after stripping the puck from Oshie.
A hit laid by T.J. Oshie on Devils’ forward John Quenneville might have been the Capitals’ lone highlight of the night outside of their goalie. The Capitals allowed multiple breakaways throughout the game.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) October 12, 2018
The Capitals led 30-19 in hits. Washington went 0-for-4 on the power play.
The Devils led 36-21 in shots, including 11-10 in the final period of play, 19-10 in takeaways, and 20-8 in blocked shots. New Jersey won 62% of the faceoffs and went 1-for-4 on the man advantage.
Each team gaveaway the puck nine times.
The Capitals come back home to begin a three-game homestand against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. The game can be seen on NBC Sports Washington or NHL Network for those outside of the DMV. Puck drop is slated for 7 PM.
By Harrison Brown