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Capitals aim to carry momentum into showdown vs. Devils
Washington Capitals at New Jersey Devils
- Since 2014-15, Washington is 20-4-2 against New Jersey, outscoring the Devils 91-56. The Capitals won the teams' only meeting this season, 4-3 on Saturday in Washington.
- Washington has taken points in five of its last six games (4-1-1) following a four-game losing streak dating back to February 1. The Capitals have converted 32.0 percent of their power plays this season after scoring on just 19.4 percent of opportunities last season; that 12.6 percent increase is third-largest in the NHL (Blackhawks, +17.6; Sabres, +15.6).
- Nicklas Backstrom scored a goal and added an assist in Thursday's loss to the Penguins and is now sitting on 699 career assists -- most in franchise history and third-most among active skaters (Joe Thornton, 1095; Sidney Crosby, 811). Of those 699, 266 have come on Alex Ovechkin goals, the fourth most scores from one assister to one scorer in NHL history; Wayne Gretzky leads with 364 assists on Jari Kurri goals.
- Alex Ovechkin has 65 points (31g, 34a) in 58 career games against the Devils, including six goals in five games dating back to the start of last season. Among active skaters, only Sidney Crosby (33g, 39a) has more career goals or points against the Devils.
- New Jersey downed Buffalo, 4-3, on Thursday but allowed two power-play goals in the win, its fifth straight game allowing a power-play goal. The Devils have allowed multiple man-advantage goals eight times this season, most in the NHL.
- Pavel Zacha tallied three points on including the overtime game-winner on Thursday and is riding an eight-game point streak -- the second-longest active streak (Mark Scheifele, 11). The last Devil with a nine-game streak was Taylor Hall from October 11 to November 1, 2018.
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The Washington Capitals and the New Jersey Devils will not have to wait long to try and build off their eventful third periods in their last game.
The Capitals and Devils look to continue their winning ways on Saturday afternoon when the teams meet in the opener of a two-game series in Newark N.J.
Washington squandered a two-goal lead in the third period before scoring three unanswered goals to post a 5-2 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.
New Jersey overcame a one-goal deficit and allowed the tying goal late in the third before edging the Buffalo Sabres in overtime on Thursday.
The three-goal win -- just the second of the season for the Capitals and their first since a 6-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Jan. 28 -- came about in unusual fashion. Washington led 1-0 after two periods and doubled its advantage when T.J. Oshie scored 3:18 into the period. The Penguins scored twice in the next four minutes before Tom Wilson began the game-ending flurry by breaking the tie with 7:20 remaining.
The win gave the Capitals three points in the two-game home series with the Penguins. Washington squandered a second-period lead and dropped a 3-2 overtime decision on Tuesday night.
"We walked away with a point (Tuesday) but tonight ... more reflects what we want to see and what we are trying to do," Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette said Thursday night. "So it was nice to follow up with a win. I think we did things the right way and we got rewarded for it."
The Devils also earned two much-needed points Thursday, when they snapped a three-game losing streak. New Jersey trailed 1-0 after one period and 2-1 after two before Miles Wood and captain Nico Hischier scored in a span of 2:20 early in the third.
Devils center Travis Zajac was whistled for high sticking with 5:46 left to set up the power play that led to Sam Reinhart scoring the tying goal for the Sabres. But Pavel Zacha scored 1:17 into overtime to give New Jersey its second overtime win of the season and salvage a split of the home-and-home series. Buffalo never trailed in a 4-1 victory in Newark on Tuesday night.
"We needed the two points," Devils head coach Lindy Ruff said. "We didn't want this game to slip away and I thought we stayed with it. Disappointing to give up the penalty-killing goal that we gave up to allow them to tie it. But overall, to get the two points was crucial for us."
The game Saturday is the second of the season between the Devils and Capitals. Washington overcame a two-goal deficit to earn a 4-3 win on Sunday.
The teams are scheduled to complete the series in Newark on Sunday afternoon.
--Field Level Media
Updated February 26, 2021