Devils Vs. Capitals: Washington Falls In Shootout

One day after earning a 3-1 win, the Caps face the Devils once again Saturday at Verizon Center. This time, it ended in a shootout loss.

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Devils Vs. Capitals Game Recap

The New Jersey Devils came into the Verizon Center intent on paying the Capitals back for the 3-1 loss they suffered at Washington's hands in New Jersey Friday night, and in Saturday night's game, David Clarkson provided the payback in the form of a shootout goal in the fourth round of the overtime shootout to give the Devils a 3-2 win.

The Capitals opened up the scoring in six minutes into the first period with a goal by Troy Brouwer that went unassisted. Ten minutes later they had doubled their lead on a Jason Chimera goal with assists by John Carlson and Marcus Johansson.

But just as they have seemingly every game this season, when scored upon first, the Devils fight back, and against the Caps that was no exception, as the Devils knotted the score 2-2 by the end of the second period. The first goal came courtesy of Petr Sykora with assists by Dainius Zubrus and Patrik Elias. The second goal was scored by Ryan Carter on an assist by Bryce Salvador.

The third period featured a power play opportunity for both teams, but neither was able to convert, leading to the overtime period tied at 2-2. After no score in overtime the teams went to a shootout. Both teams scored in their first two attempts, but neither scored in their next two. Then Clarkson snuck one past Caps goalie Michal Neuvirth to end the game 3-2 in favor of the Devils.

With the win, the Devils move to 8-6-1 while the Captials fall to 10-4-1 with the loss. For more coverage of this game, stay glued to SB Nation DC.


Devils Vs. Capitals: Devils Fire Back, Tie Game At 2-2

To paraphrase the Grateful Dead, a friend of the New Jersey Devils is definitely not a friend of the Washington Capitals. Petr Sykora and Ryan Carter aren't helping matters.

The Devils' two goals within the final eight minutes of the period have lifted them back into a 2-2 tie with the Caps after 40 minutes.

Sykora broke Michal Neuvirth's shutout bid with a wrist shot right off the faceoff to cut the Caps' lead in half at 12:18. About six minutes later, Carter's shot alluded Neuvirth as he was heavily screened in front at 18:54.

Part of the Caps' problem was that they couldn't muster any shots. Washington only had two shots during the second period to New Jersey's six. The Caps, however, did kill off both Devils power plays.


Devils Vs. Capitals: Caps Pick Up Where They Left Off, Lead Devils 2-0

The Washington Capitals scored two goals in the third period during Friday's 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. Saturday, they picked up where they left off.

Troy Brouwer and Jason Chimera's goals have given the Caps a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Brouwer gave the Caps just their sixth 1-0 lead of the season at 6:30. As Brouwer pressured Adam Henrique, he got his stick in the passing line and picked off Henrique's pass attempt to Anton Volchenkov. With a step on the defense, Brouwer had plenty of time to deke and put the puck over a sprawling Johan Hedberg for his fourth goal of the season.

Chimera added to the lead at 16:10 as Anton Volchenkov's penalty was expiring. John Carlson took a cross-ice feed from Marcus Johansson and his slap shot from the right point was deflected past Hedberg by Chimera. It was Chimera's sixth goal of the season.

Michal Neuvirth stopped all Devils shots, while Hedberg made seven saves on nine shots.


Devils Vs. Capitals: Mike Green Out, Alexander Semin Takes Optional Skate

BALLSTON, Va. - The Washington Capitals held an optional morning skate and all but five players took their option. Mathieu Perreault, Cody Eakin, Jeff Schultz, Michal Neuvirth and Alexander Semin skated for about 25 minutes in preparation for the second of back-to-back games against the New Jersey Devils.

Semin's presence would normally come as a surprise, but after he spent the entire third period on the bench, head coach Bruce Boudreau considered it a good sign.

"It's good," Boudreau said. "We'll see how it works out tonight."

Meanwhile, Boudreau ruled out Mike Green for Saturday's game after he suffered an apparent lower-body injury during the first period Friday. Green missed almost three weeks with a twisted right ankle and made his return Friday before Ryan Carter made what looked like knee-to-knee contact during a collision along the boards. Green attempted to return in the second period, but ultimately went back to the locker room for the rest of the game.

"He's not playing tonight," Boudreau said. "Right now, it's bad luck. Hopefully, when you play really hard like he does, sometimes you go through spots like this and then you end up going the next seven years without missing a game, so hopefully that's what happens to him."

Boudreau, however, did not commit to which goaltender would start tonight. When asked, Boudreau praised Tomas Vokoun for his performance Friday, saying that "Tomas played pretty good last night."


Devils Vs. Capitals: Washington Aims For Home-And-Home Sweep

One day after earning a 3-1 win, the Caps will face the Devils once again Saturday at Verizon Center.

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