Skip to Main Content
The Official Site of the New Jersey Devils

GAME STORY: Capitals 6, Devils 3

Three goals in the third period by the Capitals is too much for the Devils to overcome

by Catherine Bogart /

NEWARK, NJ: Three goals in the final frame sealed the 6-3 win for the Washington Capitals and snapped the Devils winning streak.

"They had a methodical game plan and they stuck with it," said Kyle Palmieri. "Ours wavered a bit was here and there and that was the result."

"I can go on and on here. It's a good team over there," said Miles Wood. "We pushed back certainly in some parts, but we didn't do it for the full three periods and that's what cost us."

"If you're going to make a mistake, huge breakdown, they'll make you pay," said Interim Head Coach Alain Nasreddine "We told the team that and they [Washington] proved that."

 Video: POST-GAME REPORT | Capitals 6, Devils 3





New Jersey heads out on a two-game road trip which starts right away with a game in Columbus on Saturday. The game can be seen on MSG+ and heard on the Devils Hockey Network, including right here at Puck drop is 7:08 p.m. ET.

Devils return home to play the Toronto Maple Leafs on December 27. Tickets Still Available

The Devils started strong, opening the scoring with a power play goal. Kyle Palmieri redirected a feed from Nico Hischier to put the Devils up 1-0.

The Capitals came back and scored two goals in the final two minutes of the period. Alex Ovechkin's shot from right above the faceoff circle passed Blackwood and went top-left corner of the goal. Then, with 24 seconds left in the period, Nicklas Backstrom redirect gives the visitors a one-goal lead.

The Devils tied the game in the first five-minutes of the second period on an odd-man rush. Nikita Gusev fed Blake Coleman who went five-hole to score.

With 1:10 left in the period, Miles Wood and Garnet Hathaway were given two minutes for roughing.

For the second straight period, Nicklas Backstrom scored in the final 30 seconds of the period. Backstrom redirected a pass from Orlov to beat Blackwood making it 3-2 Capitals.

Three goals in the third period would allow the Capitals to get their 16th road victory of the season.

Still 4-on-4 at the start of the third period, John Carlson scores after he bounces the puck over Blackwood to give Washington a 4-2 lead.

"The 4-on-4 really killed us today," said Nasreddine. "It was something we talked about this week. They're a team that if you're going to make a mistake, a huge breakdown, they'll make you pay."

Jonas Siegenthaler top shelf snipe with 13 minutes left made it 5-2. The Devils switched goaltenders and Giles Senn saw his first NHL game action. Minutes later, Richard Panik would score and make it 6-2 in the final five minutes of play.

Although it was a difficult first NHL experience, Senn is thankful for the opportunity.

"I am happy that I got some ice time," said Senn. "You don't want to lose in your first game but still I don't really realize that I just played. But I mean, it may be easier for an upcoming start."

Miles Wood scored with 22 seconds left in the game to make it a final score of 6-3.

Something Nasreddine liked out of his team tonight, was the way they stood up for each other.

"Guys sticking up for each other, showing emotion," said Nasreddine. "I know the score might not reflect that, maybe a little lull in the third, but the guys kept playing, we kept competing."

The Devils need move forward from this loss quickly as they play in Columbus tomorrow night.

"Right back at it, we've been playing some good hockey as of late and we can't let tonight roll in to tomorrow," said Palmieri. "Fresh start, and [tomorrow] go into a tough building to play in and find two points."

View More