The Caps and Devils are scoreless after 20 minutes at Prudential Center.
The Devils outshot the Caps 9-6 in the first period and Michal Neuvirth stopped all nine of them as he single-handedly kept his team in the game. None of Washington's six shots came on its two power play opportunities; the Devils have allowed only two power play goals at home this season. New Jersey has the league's best penalty-killing unit with a 92.6% success rate entering the game.
The Caps, meanwhile, killed off a penalty of their own when Alexander Semin interfered with Mattias Tedenby early in the period. It was Semin's team-leading 20th minor penalty of the season.