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Goals by Kovalchuk, Elias help Devils come back in 3rd period to beat NHL-worst Capitals 3-2

Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 10:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Goals by Kovalchuk, Elias help Devils come back in 3rd period to beat NHL-worst Capitals 3-2

WASHINGTON - Ilya Kovalchuk scored the tiebreaking goal on a 5-on-3 power play with about 8 1/2 minutes left to complete the New Jersey Devils' 3-2 comeback victory Thursday night over the Washington Capitals, who have yet to beat any of the Eastern Conference's elite teams.

Washington led 2-1 entering the third period, thanks to power-play goals by Mathieu Perrault and Mike Ribeiro.

Andrei Loktionov made it 2-all midway through the last period, and Kovalchuk dropped to a knee as he let the puck fly to put New Jersey ahead for the first time off Patrik Elias' assist. Elias had scored a short-handed goal in the second period.

The East-worst Capitals dropped to 0-7-1 against the conference's top six teams. They will get another chance Saturday when they host New Jersey again.

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