WASHINGTON - The New Jersey Devils played their final preseason game against the Capitals in Washington Wednesday night. The team used a dominant four-goal first period to defeat Washington, 4-1.
Here are 10 takeaways from the game.
1. Marcus Johansson made his return to Capital One Arena, but this time wearing the visitors' sweater - Johansson had played seven seasons in Washington before arriving in New Jersey. He was given an "A" to wear on his jersey in his return, and was part of the starting lineup. Playing on a line with Nico Hischier and Adam Henrique, Johansson picked up an assist on the opening goal of the game.
2. Four goals in four games for Hischier! The rookie opened the game's scoring on the power play, giving New Jersey a 1-0 lead just 2:21 into the game. It was Hischier's fourth goal in as many games, and not his only point he'd pick up on Wednesday night. By the end of the first period, Hischier had a three-point night locked up with a goal and two assists.
3. Rookie defenseman Will Butcher scored his first goal of the preseason in the first period to give the Devils a 2-0 lead. Hischier picked up the primary assist on the goal, while Henrique tallied a secondary assist.
4. In his final attempt to impress the coaching staff, Jimmy Hayes, with the Devils on a professional tryout, scored his second goal of the preseason, an unassisted power play goal off a Washington turnover. Hayes gave the Devils a 3-0 lead at 9:02 of the first period.
5. The first period remained a high scoring one for the Devils when Drew Stafford scored at 14:19. His power play goal gave New Jersey a 4-0 lead and a 3-for-3 conversion rate on the first period the man advantage. Stafford and Hischier are tied for the lead in preseason goals with four each.
6. Taylor Hall and John Moore, along with Johansson, wore the "A" on their jerseys.
7. Cory Schneider made some diving penalty kill saves in the second period while Butcher was in the box to keep the game score at 4-1. As Schneider made some miraculous saves, tempers began to flare between the two teams, and several melees broke out in front of his net.
8. Stephan Noesen and Brooks Orpik dropped the gloves in the second period, after Noesen hit Orpik and sent him to the ice. The Washington forward proceeded to get up and go after Noesen. Orpik received a two minute instigator penalty and a 10 minute misconduct in addition to a fighting major. Neosen received five minutes for fighting.
9. It was another strong outing for Schneider, who finished the game having stopped 22 of the 23 Washington shots he faced. Meanwhile, Hayes and Hischier lead the team in shots on goal with four each.
10. The Devils wrapped up their preseason with a 5-1-1 record and will soon head to West Point, N.Y., for some team bonding before the season opener on Saturday Oct. 7 against the Colorado Avalanche.