Devils upend Capitals on Bergfors’ pair of goals
The New Jersey
The next batch of good fortune came when Niclas Bergfors busted out with a pair of third-period power-play goals.
Bergfors connected for goals 3:13 apart to break open a tie game and send the
“It’s different,” coach Jacques Lemaire said. “It’s good news and that is news.”
Just seconds after
Bergfors then deflected in
Bergfors’ second goal was originally credited to Parise, but Bergfors knew it was his.
“As soon as I touched it,” said Bergfors, who has five goals in 22 NHL games. “It was just a little tip. I’m glad we got the puck in the net. That was the best feeling.”
“Not only did some of them not stand out, but they cost us the game,” angry
Ovechkin, the NHL MVP the past two seasons, sustained an upper-body strain on Sunday against Columbus and is considered week to week. Boudreau said Ovechkin told him he felt much better Wednesday.
“The excitement level that he brings, the energy that he brings to the table – that wasn’t there,”
“He is such a good player, so not having him, we’ll take it. We dodged one bullet.”
Ovechkin missed the fifth game of his five-season NHL career, his third absence caused by injury. Washington is 1-4 without him.
The last three penalties against Washington were taken in the offensive zone.
“Guys didn’t come to play,” Boudreau said. “Whether they are feeling sorry for themselves because Alex is not in, I don’t know. Same thing happened last year when we went into Buffalo and got smoked 5-0 when he wasn’t there.
“This isn’t a one man team, but those guys have got to understand that. People can get hurt at any moment.”
“We need to take leadership and take ownership of the dumb things we’re doing,” Washington forward
Washington opened the scoring in the first when defenseman Sloan scored his first of the season and second in his NHL career.
New Jersey got even 3:33 into the second with a little help from the Caps.
NOTES: Niedermayer left with an undisclosed injury. He will be evaluated Thursday. …