NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 11: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates his goal with teammates against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on November 11, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Capitals Vs. Devils: Washington Back On Track With 3-1 Win Over New Jersey

A strong third period gives the Capitals the two goal lead and road win in New Jersey.

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Devils Vs. Capitals: Washington Back On Track With 3-1 Win Over New Jersey

The Washington Capitals snapped a two game losing streak in New Jersey. After an unimpressive showing against Dallas on Tuesday, the Caps got better in each period on Friday for a convincing road win in New Jersey.

Down a man with Mike Knuble in the box, Jason Chimera came though with some short-handed beauty to give the Caps a 2-1 lead. It was the Capitals first shorthanded goal of the season. The Devils were in the middle of a line change when Chimera controlled the puck on the boards and split the defense for the breakaway chance against Martin Brodeur. The play was set up by Troy Brouwer’s hard work on the boards.

The Caps would extend the margin as Marcus Johansson gave Washington a two goal lead with under ten minutes to play. It started on a hard slap shot from the point which was deflected by a Devils’ defenseman right to Johansson’s stick as he was streaking wide towards the net. He quickly flipped the backhand past a sprawling Brodeur for his 6th of the season. A John Erskine penalty with just three minutes to play would give the Devils a chance to make it interesting but Tomas Vokoun would hold New Jersey scoreless in the final two periods for the 3-1 win.

Mike Green, who injured his right leg on an awkward hit against the boards in the first period, did not play in the third. He tested the leg in the second on two shifts but was clearly in pain on the bench and did not return in the third.

In addition to Green, the Caps played the final period without Alexander Semin. The forward, however, was not injured but benched by head coach Bruce Boudreau. The Caps coach said after the game that Semin "didn't look like he had it tonight," and as a result, he was on the ice for his last shift with 4:30 remaining in the second period. Without Semin, the Caps would power on behind Chimera and Johansson for the clinching third period scores.

The Caps return home tomorrow to face these same Devils at Verizon Center.

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Devils Vs. Capitals: Alex Ovechkin Ties It At 1-1, Mike Green On Bench Injured

The Washington Capitals, looking to break a two game losing streak, are tied with the New Jersey Devils 1-1 after two periods in Newark. Alex Ovechkin tied the game off a Nicklas Backstrom face-off win in the New Jersey zone. Dennis Wideman controlled the puck at the point. Wideman quickly threw the puck at the net towards Ovechkin who was set up on the far post. The puck hit Ovie in the stomach, dropped in front of him and he quickly slammed it past Devils’ goaltender Martin Brodeur to even the game. It was Ovechkin’s seventh goal of the season.

The most noteworthy development of the evening continues to be the status of star defenseman Mike Green. Green was injured in the first on a hit by Ryan Carter along the boards. He played two shifts in the second period and went back and forth from being in the tunnel to on the bench. He was clearly in pain on the bench after trying to test his right leg on the ice. It’s looking like his return, after six games out, may have only lasted one period but we will have more as the third period gets underway.

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Devils Vs. Capitals: Mike Green Injures Right Leg And Heads To Dressing Room

The New Jersey Devils lead the Washington Capitals after the first period of play at the Prudential Center in downtown Newark. The Devils opened the scoring when Adam Larsson netted the first goal of his career at 13:06 in the first. Larsson was assisted by Dainius Zubrus, playing in his 1,000 game as a pro, and Patrik Elias.

For Caps fans, the first period marked the return of defenseman Mike Green after sitting out for six games. But the oft-injured defenseman encountered more problems right away. It appeared Green was re-injured after a collision with Ryan Carter of the Devils. Green's right leg was caught awkwardly on the boards and he was forced to leave the ice. Green started the second period on the bench, and was testing his right leg for just two shifts on the ice but went back in the tunnel. A picture of the Carter hit on Green is below.

We will have more on Green's status as the night progresses and the Caps look to break a two game losing streak in Jersey.

 

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(Photo Via Neil Greenberg)

 

 

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Capitals Vs. Devils Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Washington Capitals look to get back to their winning ways Friday night against the New Jersey Devils after dropping their previous two contests. Their opponent, the New Jersey Devils, have won their last two despite three-time All-Star Ilya Kovalchuk not playing due to a lower-body injury.  NJ is now fourth in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference with 14 points, while the Capitals have dropped out of first in the Southeast Division stuck on 18 points.  The Capitals, playing without start defenseman Mike Green for nearly three weeks, have struggled defensively as of late. They allowed five goals in each of their past two, both losses, most recently on Tuesday night against the Dallas Stars:

"It's a mystery, because our group is much better than that," forward Mike Knuble said. "We're a veteran group and that shouldn't happen."

Fortunately Green is expected to return to the ice for the first time since last playing on October 22nd. He's been sidelines with a lower-body injury since then.

Here's all the game and broadcast information you'll need to find a way to tune in to see if Washington can snap their skid and return to the winning circle Friday night in New Jersey.  Friday night is the first of nine road games in their next 16 contests for the Caps.

Washington Capitals (9-4-0) vs. New Jersey Devils (7-5-1)

When: 7:00 pm EST

Where: Prudential Center

TV information:

  • Washington: Comcast-Mid Atlantic
  • New Jersey: MSG Plus
  • National: NHL Network

Radio Information:

  • Washington: CAPS Radio 1500
  • New Jersey: WFAN 660 AM
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Mike Green Injury Update: Washington Capitals' Defenseman Reportedly To Return Friday Vs. New Jersey Devils

It appears as though Mike Green's time on the shelf is nearing its end. According to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post, citing a source, Green will return to the Washington Capitals' lineup Friday evening when Washington hosts the New Jersey Devils at Verizon Center.

Since Green injured his right ankle against the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 22, the Capitals have lost four of their six games, dipping to 9-4-0 after a 7-0 start.

Despite the injury, the seven-year veteran took part in the most grueling practice of Washington's young season Wednesday, fueling speculation that he was nearly ready to return. Though coach Bruce Boudreau declined to rule Green officially in or out for the Capitals' back-to-back, home-and-home set with New Jersey, the source Carrera cites appears to have done that work for him.

In 159 minutes of ice time through seven games, Green has three goals and three assists.

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Ilya Kovalchuk Injury: Devils Forward Ruled Out Of Both Games Against Capitals

The Washington Capitals will play a weekend home and home series against the New Jersey Devils starting tonight starting in Newark, New Jersey. They get a little bit of a break because the Devils will be without one of their best players in Ilya Kovalchuk, apparently for both contests.

#Devils coach Peter DeBoer rules out Ilya Kovalchuk for both games with #Caps
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Kovalchuk has two goals and seven assists in eleven games played this year and his presence will certainly be missed during these two games against the Capitals.The Capitals coud be without one of their best defensive players in Mike Green on Friday, so the Devils missing one of their best offensive players should help make things a little bit easier.

We'll have plenty more on these two contest throughout the weekend, but for more on the Capitals check out JJapers' Rink, and for more information on the Devils, head over to In Lou We Trust.

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Capitals Vs. Devils: Caps Dance With Devils In First Of Back-To-Back Games

The Washington Capitals probably want to forget the last four periods they've played over the last two games. Having been outscored 8-3 since the third period of last Saturday's 5-3 loss to the New York Islanders, the Caps have lost four of six. Things won't get any easier Friday when Washington faces the red-hot New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.

Once the only undefeated team left in the NHL, the Caps are 2-4-0 in their last six games and are in second place in the Southeast Division. After Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Dallas Stars, head coach Bruce Boudreau put his team through a grueling 90-minute practice that featured four rounds of suicides. With a statement made, the Caps will look to rebound from their second two-game skid of the season.

Meanwhile, the Devils have won three straight. Rookie Adam Henrique has six points over his last four games, while veteran Patrik Elias leads the team with six goals and 13 points. New Jersey may be without Ilya Kovalchuk, who has missed the last two games with a pulled muscle in his leg. His status for Friday is uncertain.

If the Caps have one thing going for them heading into this season's series with the Devils, then it's the fact that they won three of four last season by a combined score of 15-8. The two teams will meet again Saturday at Verizon Center.

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Capitals Vs. Devils: Mike Green 'Questionable' For Friday's Game

Mike Green practiced yet again Thursday and is "questionable" for Friday's game against the New Jersey Devils.

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