A Capital L – Devils lose 5-1 to Finish Weekend in D.C.

New Jersey Devils vs Washington Capitals

Three Stars of the Game

3rd Star: M. Ribeiro (WAS) (2 assists)

2nd Star: Braden Holtby (WAS) (1 GA, 21 Saves)

1st Star: Alexander Ovechkin (WAS) (3 goals, 1 assist, GWG)

Coming off a hard-fought, come-from-behind win on Thursday night, the Devils were hoping to take both games in D.C. and extend their lead in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference. The Capitals, however, had other plans.

The first period looked like a replay of Thursday’s game, minus the penalties. The Devils were being outplayed for the majority of the frame, but Hedberg managed to keep them in the game making key saves when he was called upon. The Devils had the lone power-play opportunity of the first, but were unable to capitalize. The best scoring chance of the period came when Wojtek Wolski missed a wide open net behind Heberg. The Capitals outshot the Devils 11-5 in the period, but both teams were scoreless going into the second.

Alexander Ovechkin got the scoring started fairly early in the second, tallying his first of the afternoon 5:20 in. Ovechkin took a pass from Ribeiro and found himself wide open with a sprawling Hedberg in net and easily lifted it over the Devils goalie. Roughly seven minutes later, Steve Bernier was hooked on a breakaway during a power-play and was awarded a penalty shot, his first in his NHL career. Bernier tried to go five-hole on Holtby, but was unsuccessful. Just when it started to look like the Devils would enter the third period trailing again, Ilya Kovalchuk tied the game on a quick wrist shot with :37 left. The Devils outshot the Capitals 10-4 in the period, and seemed to have momentum back on their side with the late tally.

The tie game did not last long though, with Ovechkin scoring just 83 seconds into the 3rd period to give the Capitals the lead again. Shortly after the goal, John Erskine took a Delay-of-Game penalty that looked to give the Devils some momentum. After Hedberg misplayed a puck behind the net, however, Eric Fehr wrapped around and easily put home a short-handed goal to give the Capitals a 3-1 lead. Washington would never look back after that. Alexander Ovechkin would net his third of the game for his 11th career hat trick and Troy Brouwer would add one just for good measure to make it 5-1 Washington. Both of those goals were on the power-play.

The loss drops the Devils to 10-4-4 and improves the Capitals to 6-10-1. While this is only the 4th loss for the Devils in regulation, it is the 3rd time they’ve lost by a score of 5-1. The good news for fans is, the Devils won’t have much time to dwell on this loss. They’re back in action tomorrow afternoon against the Winnipeg Jets at 5 PM at the Prudential Center.

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About Rudy Adametz

Currently blogging for the Devils Army Generals, doing things like Game Previews & Recaps, as well as miscellaneous New Jersey Devils news. I've been a Devils fan my whole life and being able to contribute to the team like this is something I take a lot of pride in.

Posted on February 23, 2013, in Devils Army, Devils Army Generals, Game Recap, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Washington Capitals and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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