Chimera lifts Capitals over Devils 3-1
Jason Chimera scored a short-handed goal 2:27 into the third
period and Marcus Johansson added an insurance tally eight minutes
later, leading the Washington Capitals to a 3-1 victory over the
New Jersey Devils Friday night.
The Capitals (10-4) snapped a two-game losing streak and broke a
three-game winning run for the Devils (7-6-1). The teams will meet
again Saturday night in Washington, and the Capitals will be
looking for their sixth win in seven games over New Jersey.
With Mike Knuble in the penalty box for tripping, Chimera stole
the puck in the Devils end, pushed it off the boards, and outskated
two defensemen for the goal. Johansson faked out diving goalie
Martin Brodeur with a backhander for his sixth of the season,
making it 3-1 at 10:43.
Devils rookie defenseman Adam Larsson, who turns 19 on Saturday,
scored his first NHL goal in the first period to give New Jersey a
The Devils remained in front until Alex Ovechkin tied it with
just under three minutes left in the second period. It was
Ovechkin’s seventh goal of the season and his 10th in 23 career
games against New Jersey.
Tomas Vokoun stopped 32 shots for the Capitals in earning his
eighth win of the season. Brodeur made 17 saves.
After a relatively quiet first 10 minutes, the Devils grabbed
the early lead. Patrik Elias made a fine move to get the puck on
goal, but it was kicked out to the right side. Larsson alertly
skated in and unleashed a slap shot that Vokoun never had a chance
The pace in the second period picked up considerably, much to
the liking of the Capitals, who had several chances on a power play
early in the period. It was the 28th consecutive power play that
the Devils killed at home.
Ovechkin was basically kept under wraps by the swarming Devils,
who sent two skaters toward him every time he touched the puck.
However, the Devils couldn’t keep Ovechkin completely shut down.
He was camped at the left post in the closing minutes of the second
period and stuffed home a pass from Dennis Wideman for his seventh
goal of the season. Nicklas Backstrom earned his NHL-leading 15th
After Chimera’s go-ahead goal, the Devils had a few good scoring
chances, the best being a wrist shot from in front by Elias that
went over the net.
Johansson then put the game away with his slick backhanded shot
after bringing Brodeur out of the crease.
NOTES: Devils LW Ilya Kovalchuk missed his third straight game
because of an undisclosed lower body injury. Kovalchuk, who skated
on his own Thursday, will travel with the team to Washington but he
is questionable for the game. … Elias tracked the puck down after
Larsson’s goal and secured it for the rookie. … Devils coach
Peter DeBoer moved things around with his lines, trying to get
second-year forward Nick Palmieri out of an early season funk.
Palmieri has only one goal and three assists in 13 games. He was
placed on a line with rookie Adam Henrique and captain Zach