After a scoreless first frame, the Capitals struck first midway through the middle frame with a goal from John Carlson, but the Devils would answer four and a half minutes later for a 1-1 score at the second intermission. After a scoreless final frame, Dmitry Orlov would win it overtime for the Capitals.
Vitek Vanecek (14-6-0-3, 2.79 GAA, .906 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the visiting Capitals. Mackenzie Blackwood (9-9-0-2, 2.87 GAA, .911 sv%) started in goal for the Devils. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:
Scratches: Jakub Vrana, Jonas Siegenthaler, Trevor van Riemsdyk.
The Capitals and Devils skated to a scoreless draw in the first frame.
The Devils led in shot attempts 15-11 with the Capitals leading shots on goal 9-5. Scoring chances were tied 6-6. The Devils led expected goals percentage 56.86% to 42.14%.
Both teams were 0 for 1 on the power play after 20 minutes.
The Capitals opened the scoring with a goal from John Carlson (10) at 8:22 of the middle frame. Lars Eller (9) had the lone helper.
Carly breaks the stalemate! pic.twitter.com/XlPPOieDRN
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 3, 2021
The Devils would answer four and a half minutes later with a goal from Michael McLeod (6) at 12:53 of the second period, tying the score 1-1.
— Rob Taub (@RTaub_) April 3, 2021
The second period would end with the game tied 1-1. The Capitals led in shot attempts 17-11 in the second period and 28-26 after two periods.
The Capitals led in shots on goal 15-8 in the middle frame and 24-13 after two periods. Both teams were 0 for 2 on the power play after two periods.
The Capitals led in scoring chances 7-5, with the Devils leading in xGF% 64.79% to 35.21%.
The Capitals and Devils skated to a scoreless draw in the final frame. Shot attempts were tied 18-18 in the third period. The Capitals led in shot attempts 46-44 after regulation time.
Dmitry Orlov would win it with 21 seconds left in overtime.
Dmitry Orlov snipes the OT winner and didn’t even realize he scored pic.twitter.com/ova0t0gpt3
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) April 3, 2021
Vitek Vanecek made several nice stops to keep the game even in the extra frame.
Nick Jensen likened Vitek Vanecek to the Secret Service, as he doesn’t draw a lot of attention, but he’s there when you need him. 🙂 #ALLCAPS
— NoVa Caps (@NoVa_Caps) April 3, 2021
The Capitals are back in action on Sunday for game two of the two game set with the Devils. Puck drop is set for just after 3:00 PM.
- The Capitals improve to 11-5-2 on the road this season. Their .667 point percentage on the road is the fourth best in the NHL and leads the MassMutual East Division.
- John Carlson gave the Caps a 1-0 lead, and he now has three goals in his last two games.
- Lars Eller was credited with the lone assist on Carlson’s goal, his second assist in three games since returning from injury on March 30.
- Dmitry Orlov scored his fifth goal of the season and his second career overtime goal to give the Capitals’ a 2-1 win.
- Dmitry Orlov skated a season high 23:18 against New Jersey and tied Alex Ovechkin for the team lead in shots (6). Orlov has recorded four points (2g, 2a) in his last six games.
- Vitek Vanecek stopped 22 of 23 shots against New Jersey. It’s the seventh time this season Vanecek has allowed one goal or fewer in a start.
- Vanecek improves to 15-6-3 on the season. His 15 wins lead all rookies and rank tied for fifth in the NHL among all goaltenders.
By Jon Sorensen