NEWARK, N.J. -- Post-game analysis of the Capitals’ 3-2 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils Saturday afternoon at the Prudential Center.
How it happened: Alex Ovechkin netted the game-winner in the shootout, but it was Paul Carey who received all the post-game high fives after his first NHL goal tied the game with 5:53 remaining in regulation off a Matt Niskanen redirect.
As the trailing forward on a 2-on-2 rush, Adam Henrique snapped a 1-1 tie with 7:47 gone in the third period, snapping a shot past Braden Holtbny’s blocker to complete a two-goal comeback for the Devils. After a scoreless first period, Andre Burakovsky gave the Caps the lead 12:30 into the second period with his 10th goal of the season. Evgeny Kuznetsov set up the goal with another crafty drop pass from behind the goal line. Justin Williams rifled a shot toward the net that appeared to hit Burakovsky on the way in. For Kuznetsov it was his team-high 37th assist and for Williams, his 19th.
A Mike Richards tripping penalty on Tyler Kennedy 1:34 into the third period opened the door for the Devils to tie the score 17 seconds later on Joseph Blandisi’s third goal of the season. Holtby allowed Travis Zajac’s shot from the slot trickle between his pads and Blandisi beat John Carlson to the loose puck, ramming it across the goal line. The Devils went ahead 2-1 when Adam Henrique scored off the rush with 7:47 gone in the third, but Carey knotted it up and got a hero’s welcome at the bench.
The Caps killed off a Justin Williams tripping penalty that spilled into overtime and T.J. Oshie and Ovechkin scored in the shootout.