Eight straight: Red-hot Devils down the Capitals
The New Jersey
“That’s not the way we wanted to start,” said captain
“We’ve been down before,”
“We get up 2-0 and it seems we just think it is going to be an easy game,”
New Jersey’s eight consecutive wins are a league best this season. The
Washington had the better of the play for the opening 9 minutes, before a lucky bounce got the
White took a cross-ice pass from Langenbrunner on a rush and his 40-foot shot hit off the leg of Washington defenseman
Down 2-1 entering the second period, the
New Jersey’s power play, connecting at 30 percent over the last five games, tied it at 2-all with Langenbrunner ripping in a shot from the left point.
Parise scored his 10th goal and gave New Jersey the lead for good at 14:40. The goal followed a turnover by
“It was a pretty easy play,” Zajac said. “There were no bodies in front of me and I just threw it up to him and let him do the rest.”
Parise knew exactly what he wanted to do
“I scored on him earlier this year in a shootout, so I did the same thing,” Parise said.
Halischuk netted his first NHL goal in the final minute, taking a pass from Niclas Bergfors to cap a 3-on-2 break.
Murphy scored early in the third period after Zajac won a faceoff.
Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said Theodore played poorly.
“The power play goal was a clear shot by Langenbrunner with no screen,” he said. “I know Parise’s was a breakaway, but he made it look easy. The next one was short side over the blocker. Those things Jose has to stop.”
Fleischmann extended his career-high scoring streak to eight games, tallying on a power play at 4:15. Green sent the puck from the left circle to the left point, where
It was the first power-play goal against New Jersey in eight games. The
Perreault, who has five points since being called up six games ago, scored his second goal after taking another pass from Green.
“We were down 2-0 against them in Washington and won in a shootout,” Brodeur said. “There is no panic, but it’s not a fun way to start a game because one more mistake and the game could be over.”