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.