EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Martin Brodeur barely broke a sweat posting his
He faced only nine shots as the New Jersey Devils cruised to 3-0 victory
over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.
"Defensively, we were awesome," Brodeur said. "That's as good as a team
can play. I don't know how hard they competed against us but we don't care.
It's about how we play."
Brodeur got all the offensive support he would need from rookie defenseman
Paul Martin who had a goal and an assist in the first period.
Turner Stevenson and Jeff Friesen also scored for the Devils, who won for
the eighth time in their last 10 home games (8-1-1) while ending a four-game
The loss ended three Washington streaks. The Capitals had won two straight
for the first time this season and Robert Lang (16 games) and Jaromir Jagr (12
games) carried lengthy scoring streaks into the game.
Martin opened the scoring at 2:25 when he took a drop pass from Igor
Larionov and blasted a shot from the top of the left circle past goalie Olie
Martin helped the Devils make it 2-0. With New Jersey on the power play,
Martin fired a shot from the left point that Stevenson deflected into the net
The Capitals were barely competitive in the first period as the Devils had a
13-1 shot advantage.
Brodeur was slightly busier in the scoreless second period as the Devils
outshot the Capitals 19-4. He did make an alert play with three minutes
remaining by diving far out of the crease to knock away an oncoming puck and
deny Mike Grier an excellent scoring chance.
"When you don't face too many shots, sometime you don't make the right
decisions," Brodeur said. "I made the decision right away to go out and
prevent that shot."
Friesen scored 5:30 into the third period and the focus turned to Brodeur's
Washington had four shots in the final period with Jagr having the best
chance on a sharp angle shot midway through.
"We tried, but there wasn't any room out there," Capitals forward Peter
Bondra said. "We have to give them credit. They played well and that's why
they're champions. We have to learn from them."
NOTES: The nine shots allowed were the second lowest in Devils history. They
held the Vancouver Canucks to eight in 2-1 victory on Dec. 18, 1996. ...
Larionov turned 43 Wednesday and on Thursday became the first player of that
age to appear in an NHL game since Gordie Howe retired in 1980 at 52. ...
Devils LW Patrik Elias played in his 500th game. ... The Devils scratched D
Colin White (bruised knee) and C Scott Gomez (bruised ribs). Corey Schwab
returned as Brodeur's backup after missing seven games with a groin injury. ...
Washington scratched C Jeff Halpern, LW Alexander Semin and D John Gruden
(groin). ... Lang fell one game short of equaling Mike Gartner's club record of
scoring a point in 17 straight.