Devils Can’t Capitalize in 7-2 loss to Washington

New York – All the headaches of the offseason have not lead to a good start so far for the New Jersey Devils (0-1-1) were defeated by the Washington Capitals (1-1-0) by the score of 7-2. Led by Alex Ovechkin who finished with two goals in what was a rough Saturday night for Devils keeper Martin Brodeur.

Ovechkin who completed the Washington four-goal second period by beating Brodeur on a penalty shot in one of the many Capitals ways in which they were able to score. The others included an even strength goal, a short-handed goal and the above mentioned penalty shot.

Also getting on the score sheet was John Calrson who had a goal and two assist for Washington which won its ninth straight home opener-a streak that ironically began with a victory over the Devils in 2001.

Jason Arnott and Henrik Tallinder both had goals for the Devils, who were not expected to start the season in this manner. According to head coach John MacLean had this to say of the loss, “When you lose like this, it’s a team effort. It’s not just one or two people.”

The good news is that the money that was spent on Ilya Kovalchuk went into someone who will fight for his teammates, as the sharpshooter dropped gloves and traded fists with Capitals defenseman Mike Green.

After an off day on Sunday the team will travel to Pittsburgh on Monday for a 4:00 p.m. game against the Penguins.