Devils lose 6-4 as Capitals score three in third

Washington scored three times in the first, then the Devils scored four goals in the second before the Capitals scored three more in the third.

Associated Press

Oct 26, 2023, 10:12 AM

Updated 268 days ago

Share:

Devils lose 6-4 as Capitals score three in third
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Connor McMichael scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and Hunter Shepard made 18 saves in his NHL debut as the Washington Capitals rallied for a 6-4 win over the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night.
McMichael scored his second goal of the season at 2:09 of the third to put Washington ahead 5-4 after Dylan Strome tied the contest at 4 just 18 seconds into the final period on the power-play.
Alex Ovechkin added an empty net goal at 18:25, the 824th of his NHL career.
“Our power play steps up right out of the gate to sort of set the tone for the third period,” Capitals coach Spencer Carbery said. “And then we did enough good things in the final 10 minutes to hang on.”
Washington scored three times in the first, then the Devils scored four goals in the second before the Capitals scored three more in the third.
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) skates after the puck past New Jersey Devils defenseman Dougie Hamilton (7) and Jonas Siegenthaler (71) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
According to OptaSTATS, Washington became the first team in NHL history to shut out their opponent by three or more goals in the first period, get blanked by four or more goals in the second, then shut out their opponent by three or more goals again in the third.
Devils coach Lindy Ruff simply wasn't happy with his team's defensive lapses.
“If we’re going to play like this, we will make it extremely hard on ourselves,'' Ruff said. “I thought we got what we deserved tonight.”
After the two quick goals to start the third, Washington held on for its second win in six games as the 27-year-old Shepard — MVP of the Calder Cup playoffs last spring after leading the Hershey Bears to the AHL championship — overcame a rough second period.
“I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet,'' said Shepard, who won NCAA championships with Minnesota-Duluth in 2018 and 2019. "I’m excited to get out there and see my parents, pretty emotional day. To have 13 or 14 people make it here on a day’s notice from Minnesota, it’s quite the support system."
Tyler Toffoli scored twice for New Jersey and Jack Hughes added three assists. Hughes leads the NHL in scoring with 17 points, including four goals.
Washington rolled to a 3-0 first-period lead on goals by Anthony Mantha, Strome and Sonny Milano.
Mantha opened the scoring at 6:37. Strome made it 2-0 at 15:52, sliding the puck past Devils netminder Akira Schmid. Milano made it a three-goal margin at 17:28, assisted by T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Vitek Vanecek replaced Schmid after the first period. Schmid had five saves and Vanecek made 14 stops.
The momentum completely shifted in New Jersey’s favor in the second as they erupted for four goals in less than six minutes.
Toffoli, who scored a hat trick in Tuesday’s 5-2 win at Montreal, put New Jersey on the board at 4:31.
Timo Meier, last season’s key trade deadline acquisition by the Devils, scored at 5:19 with assists to Jack Hughes and Toffoli before Devils captain Nico Hischier tied the game 3-3 at 6:42.
New Jersey Devils right wing Timo Meier (28) scores a goal past Washington Capitals goaltender Hunter Shepard during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Toffoli then scored his sixth of the season at 10:01 with assists from Jack Hughes and his younger brother Luke to put New Jersey ahead 4-3.
“It was a rollercoaster game,'' Meier said. “We just let that momentum swing get away from us.”
The Capitals had managed only seven goals in their first five games before notching six on Wednesday.
UP NEXT:
Devils: Host the Buffalo Sabres on Friday.
Capitals: Host the Minnesota Wild on Friday.


More from News 12
1:59
Flight disruptions persist at Newark Liberty Int’l Airport due to global technology outage

Flight disruptions persist at Newark Liberty Int’l Airport due to global technology outage

2:35
Clouds and sun for Sunday in New Jersey

Clouds and sun for Sunday in New Jersey

1:49
Toms River firefighters headed to national competition

Toms River firefighters headed to national competition

0:17
Police: Man fatally shot inside car in Clifton

Police: Man fatally shot inside car in Clifton

0:29
Fire leaves several residents in Lakewood displaced

Fire leaves several residents in Lakewood displaced

0:26
Police: Egg Harbor Township man accused of fatally striking bicyclist while driving drunk

Police: Egg Harbor Township man accused of fatally striking bicyclist while driving drunk

1:41
 Officials: COVID-19 has hit high levels in several states, including Connecticut

Officials: COVID-19 has hit high levels in several states, including Connecticut

1:41
 Officials: COVID-19 has hit high levels in several states, including Connecticut

Officials: COVID-19 has hit high levels in several states, including Connecticut

0:27
Prosecutor: Jackson Township man accused of fatally stabbing roommate

Prosecutor: Jackson Township man accused of fatally stabbing roommate

1:27
Prosecutor: Infant girl dies after being left inside parked car in East Hanover

Prosecutor: Infant girl dies after being left inside parked car in East Hanover

0:23
CDC: NJ resident dies from listeria food poisoning linked to deli meat

CDC: NJ resident dies from listeria food poisoning linked to deli meat

2:25
A massive tech outage is causing worldwide disruptions. Here's what we know

A massive tech outage is causing worldwide disruptions. Here's what we know

NJ Transit to resume regular weekend schedule following disruptions due to extreme heat

NJ Transit to resume regular weekend schedule following disruptions due to extreme heat

2:01
Doctors urge parents to get their children in for doctor visit ahead of new school year

Doctors urge parents to get their children in for doctor visit ahead of new school year

0:48
Jersey Proud: Stockton students spend summer measuring New Jersey shoreline

Jersey Proud: Stockton students spend summer measuring New Jersey shoreline

0:53
Beachwood West Beach closed for rest of summer due to high bacteria levels

Beachwood West Beach closed for rest of summer due to high bacteria levels

2:02
What happens if Biden drops out of the race? Here are some scenarios

What happens if Biden drops out of the race? Here are some scenarios

0:26
Costco sells ‘emergency food supply’ bucket with a 25-year shelf life

Costco sells ‘emergency food supply’ bucket with a 25-year shelf life

5:00
Tech expert weighs in on Microsoft outage impacts across the globe

Tech expert weighs in on Microsoft outage impacts across the globe

0:31
Man dies after he rescues two young boys who were struggling to stay afloat in New Jersey river

Man dies after he rescues two young boys who were struggling to stay afloat in New Jersey river