Capitals Stop Red Hot Devils 5-2
The Devils came into their game with their Eastern Conference rivals, the Washington Capitals, feeling great. They were winners of their last eight games and had some of the hottest scorers in the league. The problem for them was that the Capitals came into town riding their own hot streak, going 5-1-1 in their last seven meetings.
Something had to give, and on Tuesday night it would be the Devils and their impressive streak. The Capitals prevailed with a 5-2 win and moved into 2 nd place in the East.
Michael Nylander, a player closely familiar with the Devils after two seasons with the New York Rangers, and now in his second season with the Caps, scored two in the game. They were only his sixth and seventh of the year and it was his first two goal game in over a season. The goals must have been a welcome relief to spread around the scoring duties outside of the usual suspects of Alexander Ovechkin and Alexander Semin.
Both Alexander’s though did help the Capitals get going early, assisting on defensemen Mike Green’s power play goal six minutes into the opening stanza. It was his 16 th of the season, which leads all NHL defensemen on the year.
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Ovechkin added another assist two minutes later, setting up a Brooks Laich wrist shot on the power play. Nylander added his first of the game in the second period, and with a 3-0 lead it looked like the Capitals would cruise to a stunningly easy victory over the scorching hot Devils.
That would have been too easy, and the Devils stars wouldn’t allow it. Brian Rolston put the Devils on the board midway through the second period. Then, under a minute into the third period, the hottest man in the NHL, Jamie Langenbrunner scored on a breakaway as his team was shorthanded.
With the score at 3-2, the Devils had a good chance at stealing the game away, feeding off the momentum and their home crowd. However, the man of the night, Nylander, wouldn’t let that happen. Halfway through the period, Nylander again scored on the power play, giving the Capitals some breathing room. It was the third Capitals goal of the night that came on the power play. Donald Fehr then closed out the game with an empty netter with one minute left in the period.
By: Jake Emen
ProHockey-fans.com Staff Writer