Michal Neuvirth, Capitals Shut Out Devils 3-0, Claim Share Of First Place In Eastern Conference

The Capitals may have been outshot 33-12, but they dominated the Devils where it matters the most. The scoreboard. Mike Knuble had two goals and an assist in the win.

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Capitals Vs. Devils: Michal Neuvirth Earns Shutout In New Jersey With 3-0 Win

The same line that added the second goal for the Washington Capitals also notched the third as they defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-0 on the road to start up a new winning streak. And they needed only 12 shots to do it.

John Carlson started the play once again for the Capitals. Carlson thwarted a Devils attack in the Washington zone, then found Alex Ovechkin charging up the ice. Ovechkin faked like he was going to shoot, then sent the puck across the ice to an open Mike Knuble who beat Martin Brodeur again for his second goal and third point of the night.

Michal Neuvirth played a huge role in the win as he remained a perfect 4-0 against the Devils. Neuvirth saved all of the 33 shots that he faced tonight, including a point-blank one-on-one save against Ilya Kovalchuk. It was the fourth shutout of the year for Neuvirth.

With tonight's win, the Capitals have secured a share of first place in the Eastern Conference, as they are now tied with the Philadelphia Flyers with 94 points apiece, although the Capitals have played three more games than the Flyers.

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Capitals Vs. Devils: Mike Knuble Gives Caps 2-0 Lead In New Jersey

The Washington Capitals continue to trail the New Jersey Devils by a significant margin in shots on goal. But they lead in the category that matters most. The Score. The Capitals are still pitching a shutout in New Jersey as they' extended their lead to 2-0 heading into the final period.

Mike Knuble added his second point of the night as Washington took advantage of a turnover by the Devils in their defensive zone. Alex Ovechkin set up the goal with a pass across the width of the ice to John Carlson, who found Knuble sneaking in from behind the net. Knuble finished off the play for an easy score on the home team's defensive breakdown.

The Devils are leading in shots on goal 20-8, but that doesn't help them much on the scoreboard when Michal Neuvirth is on his game. The young goaltender has made some very nice saves and looks comfortable in net.

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Capitals Vs. Devils: Jeff Schultz Earns First Goal Of Season As Caps Lead 1-0

This game could have had a nice story of two players facing their former teams. The blockbuster trade that happened right at the deadline weeks ago sent David Steckel to the New Jersey Devils, and brought Jason Arnott to the Washington Capitals. Both teams have benefited greatly from the trade, as each have been streaking and racking up wins. But neither forward is in the lineup for his team tonight.

The Capitals have struggled offensively early in this game, possibly missing Arnott as he remains out with an injury. Yet even though the Capitals have only managed two shots on goal against Martin Brodeur and the Devils, they lead 1-0.

The goal came just over six minutes into the game as defenseman Jeff Schultz tallied for the first time this season. Dennis Wideman and Mike Knuble assisted on the play.

Fortunately for Washington, they've had a grt performance so far from goaltender Michal Neuvirth, who turned away 12 of the shots he faced in the first period.

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Capitals Vs. Devils: Washington Looks For Share Of First Place Against Red-Hot New Jersey

The Washington Capitals had their nine-game winning streak snapped against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday. Now, they hope to start a new streak against a red-hot team in their own right in the New Jersey Devils at 7 p.m.

The Capitals lost their streak, but will get back a key player. Center Nicklas Backstrom will return to the lineup for the first time since March 7 after fracturing his thumb. Backstrom hasn't been missed much yet, but his return will be a huge boost to the team. 

The Devils, meanwhile, have lost just four regulation games in their last 29 contests, and sit on the doorstep of a playoff berth. This will not be an easy game for the Capitals, even given the way they are playing right now.

The Capitals can clinch a playoff spot with a win in this game, and they could also move into at least a share of first place. 

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