Devils Make Changes, Get Same Results in 5-1 loss to Capitals
New York, NY - In spite of the multiple line changes, the New Jersey Devils (9-22-2) were out grinded and out worked by the Washington Capitals (20-12-4) by the score of 5-1 in hockey action on Tuesday night.
Washington was able to get a good offensive rush up the ice for the first goal on the game. It was a milestone moment for Andrew Gordon (1) who recorded a 20 foot tip-in for his first NHL goal at the 16:41 mark. Gordon took a sweet pass from Marcus Johansson (3) and John Erskine (5), and net the puck past the diving Martin Brodeur.
The Devils would get two great opportunities as David Clarkson had two wicked shots towards the end of the first period. The first came at the 18:47 mark as Clarkson tried to record a wrist shot, which was stuffed by Capitals keeper Michal Neuvirth.
The winger would have one last attempt to tie the game at the 19:20 mark of that frame, attempting a 43 foot writer. Neuvirth was up to the task yet again sending his team into the locker room with a 1-0 lead at the end of the first period.
As the second period would begin the Devils would continue to try to press their offensive momentum. One impressive shot by the Devils was from the sniper Ilya Kovalchuk on a one-timer shot. The winger would let go of a 47 foot wrister at the 7:04 mark which was stopped by the keeper Neuvirth.
New Jersey would then cash in on their positive momentum when Patrik Elias (7) would record a wicked shot at the 4:56 mark on a power play goal. Elias’ goal would go into the five hole of Neuvirth to tie the score at 1-1. The first Devils goal was set up by Jamie Langenbrunner (6) and Travis Zajac (14)
Washington would sound the horn and find Jason Beagle (1) at the 10:00 mark of the second period to give them the 2-1 lead. Beagle banged home a 13 foot wrister which was assisted by David Steckel (4) and Matt Bradley (6) to help the Capitals regain the lead
Jason Chimera (5) would then add to the lead for the Capitals. The winger would drop his shoulder and net a top shelf 34 foot wrister to give the Capitals the 3-1 lead at the 12:39 mark. Chimera was able to record his 200th point in the NHL on this sweet shot. After the goal Washington fans would start to chant “Marty“ mocking the Devils keeper. As the home team now holds the offensive momentum.
The Capitals would continue their offensive pressure by adding a goal on a dart of a shot by John Carlson (4), who let go of a 51 foot wrist shot which was assisted by “The Great Eight” Alexander Ovechkin (27) at the 16:31 mark to make the score 4-1. New Jersey could not cash in on a late surge in the second period as the Capitals would hold on to their lead as the second period horn would sound.
Washington would keep the pedal to the medal and make the score 5-1 when Mike Knuble recorded a deflected shot at the 12:01 mark in the third period for his 251st career NHL goal. Knuble who was assisted by Tom Poti (5) and Brooks Laich (14).
New Jersey would have one final power play opportunity as Scott Hannan was sent to the sin bin for a holding Jamie Langenbrunner at the 17:25 mark. Langenbrunner would try to exact revenge with a 38 foot snap shot at the 18:06 mark, but he was denied by Neuvirth. In spite of the Devils opportunity the Capitals lead was too much as they would eventually skate away with the 5-1 victory.
Neuvirth would finish the night with 35 saves in a stellar outing for Washington, while on the other side of the ice Devils keeper Martin Brodeur would finish with 23 saves.
The Devils have now lost nine games in a row on the road will head to friendly grounds to host the New York Islanders on Thursday night as the face-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.