|Date of game: 10/16/2014
Recap: Washington vs. New Jersey
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Ovechkin remained hot, scoring in his third consecutive game, and the Washington Capitals posted a 6-2 win over the previously unbeaten New Jersey Devils on Thursday.
Marcus Johansson broke a 2-2 tie in the second period and the Capitals scored three times in a span of 7:59 in the third.
Braden Holtby made 26 saves for Washington, which has earned at least a point in each of its first four games (2-0-2).
Rookie Damon Severson scored two goals in the first period for the Devils, who were seeking their first 4-0 start since 1995-96.
Cory Schneider gave up five goals on 26 shots before being replaced by Scott Clemmensen, who stopped 6-of-7 shots in his season debut.
Ovechkin opened the scoring 34 seconds into the game after Devils defenseman Andy Greene couldn't keep the puck in the Washington zone. A shot by Troy Brouwer led to a long rebound to Ovechkin in the slot. Ovechkin then beat Schneider to the far side from just inside the right circle for his fifth goal of the season.
"It was a good breakout, a little bit of a turnover by them and we were able to capitalize on it," Brouwer said.
Severson tied the game at the 10:15 mark of the first period, firing a slap shot from above the right circle that found the top left corner of the net.
The Capitals retook the lead 47 seconds later when Chris Brown's sharp-angle slapper sailed over Schneider's left shoulder. Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas tried to ride Brown out of the play, but the Washington forward powered through the check along the right-wing boards before scoring the go-ahead goal.
New Jersey drew even on another drive from the right point by Severson with 3:24 remaining in the first.
Johansson put Washington back on top when he collected Brooks Laich's pass off the cycle and fired home a wrist shot from the high slot at 6:18 of the second period.
The Capitals pulled away in the third.
Nicklas Backstrom was in the slot and deflected in a Matt Niskanen wrist shot just 56 seconds into the frame.
Joel Ward scored at 3:25 when his shot from just inside the blue line caromed off the end boards, hit Schneider and trickled into the net.
Rookie Andre Burakovsky added a power-play goal at 8:55.
"I thought we had an excellent first period. I thought we could have had three or four goals," said Devils head coach Peter DeBoer. "We didn't cash in and we came out of the period 2-2 and they got better in the second and the third and we shot ourselves with too many penalties and got a little away from our game plan."Game Notes
Niskanen, Brouwer, Mike Green and Brooks Orpik each had two assists for
Washington ... Burakovsky is the first Capitals player to begin his career
with a four-game point streak since Ovechkin started his career with an eight-
game point streak Oct. 5-20, 2005 ... New Jersey won three of four meetings
against Washington last season.