Devils Vs. Capitals: Caps Find Offensive Touch, Rout Devils In 5-1 Victory

The offensive juggernaut that is the typical Washington Capitals returned Tuesday in a 5-1 blowout victory over the New Jersey Devils.

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Devils Vs. Capitals: Offensive Juggernaut Returns In 5-1 Rout Of Devils

Through their eight-game losing streak, the Washington Capitals scored 11 goals. Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils, they scored five. The offensive juggernaut that is the Capitals returned Tuesday in a 5-1 rout.

Andrew Gordon scored his first career NHL goal and added one assist as well. Gordon poked in a centering pass from Marcus Johansson at 16:41 to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead after the first period.

"It's a weight off my shoulders," Gordon said. "I came here wanting to contribute and show I could do it up here. I've had a couple opportunities the last few games but finally got a nice one to squeak through on a great pass."    

After New Jersey tied the score early in the second period on a Patrik Elias power play goal, the Capitals exploded offensively for the first time in what seems like an eternity. Jay Beagle, Jason Chimera and John Carlson scored within a span of 6:31 to restore the Capitals' lead for good. Beagle stuffed in a rebound from a David Steckel shot, Chimera scored on a breakaway and Carlson fired a slap shot from the point after Alex Ovechkin whiffed on a wrist shot.

Mike Knuble capped off the scoring at 12:01 of the third period in typical Knuble fashion when he deflected in a Tom Poti shot.

Michal Neuvirth made 35 saves and was barely tested throughout the night as the Capitals prevented chances in front of the net. 

With the Atlanta Thrashers losing to the St. Louis Blues, the Capitals regained their lead in the Southeast Division just in time for Thursday's long-awaited match-up with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"I think winning rejuvenates guys," head coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I mean it's a much happier locker room the last couple of games, so that's good."    

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Devils Vs. Capitals: Capitals Of Old Rear Head, Score Three Goals In Second Period For 4-1 Lead

The New Jersey Devils entered the second period with a sense of urgency and scored early to tie the game. What they didn't expect was the Capitals of old looking for a reason to break out. Washington scored three straight goals in the second period to lead 4-1 after 40 minutes.

The Devils would tie the game early in the second period on their second power play opportunity. After the Capitals failed to get the puck out of the zone several times, Jamie Langenbrunner found Patrik Elias alone at the right faceoff circle. Elias fired a wrist shot that former Capitals Dainius Zubrus deflected in for his fifth goal of the season at 4:56.

Jay Beagle would take the lead back for Washington exactly halfway through the period after David Steckel crashed the net and fired a shot on net. Beagle would stuff in the rebound at 10:00 to give the Capitals a 2-1 lead.

Jason Chimera made it 3-1 less than three minutes later on a breakaway. Devils defenseman Mark Fayne tried dragging Chimera down and the referee called a penalty, but Chimera finished the shot on a top shelf goal past Martin Brodeur.

John Carlson scored on his hometown team for the second time this season on a slap shot from the point at 16:31. Alex Ovechkin rushed into the zone and fanned on a wrist shot, but Carlson was there to pick up the loose puck. 

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Devils Vs. Capitals: Andrew Gordon's First Career NHL Goal Gives Capitals 1-0 Lead

The Washington Capitals and New Jersey Devils traded scoring chances throughout the first period, but when the Caps needed it most, Andrew Gordon was there to help out.

Gordon scored his first career NHL goal in the first period to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead over the Devils after 20 minutes.

John Erskine sent an outlet pass to Marcus Johansson along the side boards. Johansson sent a centering pass to the crease as Gordon was sprinting towards Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur. Gordon tipped the puck past a sprawling Brodeur at 16:41 to score his first NHL goal and give the Capitals the lead in the process.

New Jersey outshot Washington 12-10 in the period. 

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Devils Vs. Capitals: Starting LIneup

Via Washington Post's Katie Carrera, below is tonight's starting lineup for the Washington Capitals as they prepare to face off against the New Jersey Devils.

Forwards
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Semin
Laich-Perreault-Knuble
Chimera-Johansson-A. Gordon
Beagle-Steckel-Bradley

Defense
Hannan-Green
Erskine-Poti
Alzner-Carlson

Goal
Neuvirth
Varlamov

In his pre-game press conference, head coach Bruce Boudreau said he did not know if Semin would play, but he did take warm-ups. Eric Fehr (death in family) and Matt Hendricks (undisclosed injury) are the scratches. 

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Devils Vs. Capitals: Caps Look To Gain Momentum Against Hapless Devils

The Washington Capitals found themselves down by two goals entering the second period of Sunday's game against the Ottawa Senators. Within ten minutes, however, that 2-0 deficit turned into a 3-2 lead, one that the Capitals would hold onto en route to their first win in two weeks. With the long-awaited matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins just days away, the Caps looked to build momentum against the lowly New Jersey Devils Tuesday at Verizon Center.

Mathieu Perreault scored twice Sunday and Eric Fehr added a goal of his own. Fehr, however, will not be available Tuesday after a death in the family. Alexander Semin is also doubtful as he recovers from a lower-body injury that has kept him out of the last three games.

The last time the Caps and Devils met, the Devils embarrassed the Caps in a 5-0 win November 22. Since then, the Devils have won just three games. New Jersey is an NHL-worst in total goals scored, total goals scored per game and goal differential as well as 29th in total road goals scored.

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