March 2, 2012;Washington D.C., USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Johan Hedberg (1) stops the puck on a shot by Washington Capitals left wing Alexander Semin (28) at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

Devils Vs. Capitals: Washington Win Streak Snapped As Devils Dominate In 5-0 Win

Zach Parise had a hat trick and Johan Hedberg stopped all 23 Caps shots as Washington showed up with a lack of energy and had their three-game win streak snapped.

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Devils Vs. Capitals Recap: Zach Parise And Johan Hedberg Lead New Jersey To 5-0 Win

The Washington Capitals three-game win streak was snapped on Friday night as the New Jersey Devils visited Verizon Center and cruised to a 5-0 shutout victory. New Jersey was led by their captain Zach Parise, who notched a hat trick in just the first 23 minutes of the game. Devils' goaltender Johan Hedberg would only need one of them, however, as he stopped all 23 shots the Caps sent his way. Hedberg made a huge save in the first couple minutes of the game that set the tone, as Brooks Laich fed Troy Brouwer on a two-on-one breakaway. Hedberg fully extended his left pad to stuff the shot and the Devils were on their way.

With a five-goal lead heading into the final period, the Devils were comfortable throttling back and not letting this one get interesting. The Caps put just five shots on net in a scoreless final twenty minutes. Washington now has a big Sunday night showdown against the Philadelphia Flyers, who visit Verizon Center number one scoring team in the league.

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Capitals, visit Japers' Rink, SB Nation's Caps blog. For all your hockey news as the race for the playoffs heats up, be sure to follow along at SB Nation's NHL news hub.


Devils Vs. Capitals: Devils Run Away From Caps In First Period, Lead 3-0

The Washington Capitals wanted to extend a three-game winning streak. Now they have to erase a three-goal deficit.

Three quick strikes by the New Jersey Devils have the Caps trailing 3-0 after 20 minutes.

Zach Parise scored his 25th goal of the season at 11:29, completing a tic-tac-toe passing sequence. With Matt Hendricks in the penalty box for high-sticking, Patrik Elias started the Devils' power play by holding the puck by the point. Elias then fed a pass to David Clarkson in the slot. Clarkson sent a no-look backhanded pass to Parise on the goal line, who beat Michal Neuvirth up high.

Parise did not stop there when he poked in the rebound of an Ilya Kovalchuk shot at 17:50. Neuvirth let the initial rebound squeak behind him and Parise found it before he could.

Former Cap Dainius Zubrus added insult to injury 29 seconds later when he corralled his own rebound and tipped the puck in while in mid-air to beat Neuvirth for his 16th goal of the season. Including Tuesday's first period against the New York Islanders, the Caps have allowed four goals on 10 shots in their last two first periods.


Devils Vs. Capitals: Caps Dance With Devils, Look To Extend Winning Streak

The Caps and Devils meet Friday as the former looks to win its fourth straight game.

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