Capitals Recover, Dump Devils, 5-4; Dmitry Orlov Scores In Second Straight Game, Jakub Vrana Gets OT Winner

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The Washington Capitals downed the New Jersey Devils by a score of 5-4 in overtime at Capital One Arena on Tuesday night. The victory lifted the Capitals into a tie the New York Islanders for first place in the East Division with a game in hand. Goaltender Vitek Vanecek made 27 saves in the win.

Capitals’ Lines vs. Devils

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The Capitals made no line changes from their 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday other than in goal.

First Period

Forward T.J. Oshie tipped in defenseman Justin Schultz’s wrist shot from up top in the slot past the glove of goaltender Scott Wedgewood to open the scoring for the Capitals with 2:38 left in the first.

The Capitals led 12-9 in shots, 3-1 in takeaways, scored on one of their two power plays, and won 68% of the draws through 20 minutes.

The Devils led 7-1 in blocked shots, had two giveaways while the Capitals had three, and did not score on a power play in the first.

Each team recorded five hits in the period.

Second Period

Defenseman John Carlson bought some time as he was covered by two Devils defenders, looped around the dot, and found a wide open Jakub Vrana in front of the net and Vrana one-timed the pass past the pad of Wedgewood to extend the lead to 2-0 at 7:42.

Forward Daniel Sprong called his own number on a two-on-one with captain Alex Ovechkin short side after center Evgeny Kuznetsov fed him in the defensive zone to make it 3-0 10:36 into the second.

After a turnover by the Capitals behind the net, center Travis Zajac found forward Janne Kuokkoanen in the slot and he stashed it past the glove of Vanecek with 7:16 left in the second.

Defenseman Dmitry Orlov ripped a shot to the top corner from the slot after forward Richard Panik threw one right back to him from the wing to restore the Capitals’ three-goal lead 2:19 later.

The Capitals led 24-15 in shots (including 13-6 in the second), 7-5 in takeaways, and converted on one of two power plays through 40 minutes.

The Devils led 15-9 in hits, 16-4 in blocked shots, had six giveaways while the Capitals had seven, won 53% of the faceoffs, and did not score on one power play opportunity in the first two periods.

Third Period

Forward Miles Wood finished forward Jesper Bratt’s end-to-end rush from the left dot and beat Vanecek to the blocker-side to cut the Capitals’ lead in half 5:47 into the third.

Forward Yegor Sharangovich ripped one to the top corner on Vanecek on a semi-break after getting fed from the neutral zone by Kuokkanen to make it a one-goal game with 9:43 left.

Defenseman Damon Severson curled, dragged, and ripped one past Vanecek’s glove after getting a feed from the half-wall by defenseman Ty Smith to tie it with 7:40 to go.

The Capitals led 11-6 in takeaways, and converted on one of two power plays.

The Devils led 31-30 in shots, including 15-3 in the third, 17-11 in blocked shots, had eight giveaways while the Capitals had 11, won 53% of the faceoffs, and did not score on three power play opportunities.

Each team posted 18 hits.


Vrana roofed one to the top corner on a breakaway after getting sprained by Carlson 1:30 into overtime on the lone shot of the extra frame.

The Capitals head back to the City of Brotherly Love to face the Flyers on Thursday. Action from Wells Fargo Center can be seen on NBC Sports Washington beginning at 7 PM ET.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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5 Responses to Capitals Recover, Dump Devils, 5-4; Dmitry Orlov Scores In Second Straight Game, Jakub Vrana Gets OT Winner

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