New Jersey 2, Washington 1

Friday, April 4, 2014 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Washington 34-30-3-10 20-13-3-3 14-17-0-7 L5
New Jersey 33-28-5-11 20-10-3-5 13-18-2-6 W1


Devils 2, Capitals 1: Ryan Carter scored his first goal in 17 games to snap a tie with 4:54 remaining in the third period as host New Jersey improved to 3-0-3 in its last six contests.

Tuomo Ruutu tallied for the second straight game and Cory Schneider turned aside 24 shots for the Devils, who moved within three points of Columbus for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference. The Blue Jackets suffered a 4-3 loss to Chicago on Friday.

Captain Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 49th goal and Jaroslav Halak finished with 29 saves for the reeling Capitals, who have dropped five in a row (0-3-2) to reside four points behind Columbus.

With the contest tied at 1-1, Carter accepted a feed from defenseman Marek Zidlicky to gain entry into the offensive zone before beating Halak with a wrist shot from the slot. The goal was Carter's sixth of the season - and first since Feb. 3.

After being publicly criticized by coach Adam Oates for a lack of effort against Dallas, Ovechkin tried to atone by unleashing a blast from the slot past Schneider to open the scoring midway through the first period. Ruutu answered 12:21 into the second after deflecting defenseman Eric Gelinas' wrist shot from the point.

GAME NOTEBOOK: New Jersey LW Patrik Elias suffered an undisclosed injury midway through the first period after being driven into the stanchion at neutral ice by Washington rookie RW Tom Wilson. Fellow Devil C Adam Henrique exited the contest in the second period with an undisclosed injury. ... Ovechkin's goal was his first at even strength since Feb. 27 at Florida. ... Peter DeBoer collected his 100th victory as New Jersey's coach.

Top Game Performances

Washington   New Jersey
Alex Ovechkin 1 Points Ryan Carter 1
Alex Ovechkin 1 Goals Ryan Carter 1
Nicklas Backstrom 1 Assists Eric Gelinas 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Jaroslav Halak .935 Save Percentage Cory Schneider .960
Jaroslav Halak 29 Saves Cory Schneider 24

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Washington 25 1 0-3 5-5 12 20
New Jersey 31 2 0-5 3-3 8 29

Upcoming Games

  • New Jersey will play its next game on the road against Carolina. The Devils have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Washington will play its next game on the road against NY Islanders. The Capitals have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .395 after a loss.
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