In their final game before the NHL All-Star break the Washington, who were coming off a shutout loss to Ottawa on Tuesday night, faced the New Jersey Devils who like the Caps were coming off a loss on Tuesday. Washington would take an early lead at Prudential Center and keep it in this the third of four meetings between these two teams, winning by a score of 5-2. Washington has now earned a point in seven of their last 8 road games (6-1-1).
Caps All-Star winger Alex Ovechkin had two points with a goal and an assist for his 46th and 47th career points against New Jersey, Ovechkin has points now in nine of his last 10 games. Power play goals were scored by winger Andre Burakovsky and center Evgeny Kuznetsov. Burakovsky’s was his fifth goal in seven games and his 11th point in eight games, and Kuznetsov’s was his third goal in five games, he would score his fourth late in the third period on an open netter. Winger Lars Eller also added his second goal in three games and defensemen Dmitry Orlov assisted twice. Starting goalie and All-Star Braden Holtby made 27 saves and improves his season record to 24-8-4 and his career record against New Jersey to 11-3-2.
Devils center Stefan Noesen scored the first tally for the home team a little over three minutes into the second period for his second in three games. Center Adam Henrique added a power play goal later in the second for his first goal since January 17th (4 games). Backup goalie Keith Kinkaid, who started in net for the Devils made 13 saves before being pulled in the middle of the second period after giving up four goals. His replacement Corey Schneider made 18 saves and did not allow any goals. Kinkaid’s record on the season drops to 6-6-2.
The next game for the Caps after the NHL All-Star Break will be Tuesday January 31st agaiNnst the New York Islanders in Brooklyn. Game time will be 7:00 PM/ET.
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Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College).