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Devils blanked by Capitals in Washington

Sunday, 02.09.2014 / 12:05 AM

Associated Press

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Devils blanked by Capitals in Washington
New Jersey Devils 0, Washington Capitals 3
Three Stars of the Game
Braden Holtby
1st
Braden Holtby
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
GA: 0EV: 19-19
PIM: 0PP: 4-4
SV%: 1.000SH: 2-2
Julien Brouillette
2nd
Julien Brouillette
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 15:34
Cory Schneider
3rd
SA: 24TOI: 59:17
GA: 1EV: 18-19
PIM: 0PP: 5-5
SV%: .958SH: 0-0

WASHINGTON -- Julien Brouillette broke a scoreless tie with his first NHL goal midway through the third period, Braden Holtby stopped 25 shots and the Washington Capitals beat the New Jersey Devils 3-0 Saturday night in the teams' final game before the Olympic break.

Brouillette, playing his second NHL game, beat Cory Schneider on the short side with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle at the 10:50 mark.

Martin Erat scored an empty-netter with 1:47 left for his first goal of the season and Troy Brouwer added another -- his 100th career goal -- 36 seconds later. Nicklas Backstrom had two assists.

Schneider finished with 23 saves.

The win moves Washington to within one point of eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 63 points.

New Jersey is in the thick of the hunt with 61 points, and both teams will have 23 games remaining after the break.

The Capitals have won three of their last four and snapped a seven-game losing streak (0-6-1) against Metropolitan Division opponents.

New Jersey, playing the second of back-to-back games, has lost 5 of 7.

Five Capitals, including John Carlson (United States), Alex Ovechkin (Russia), Backstrom and Marcus Johansson (Sweden) and Erat (Czech Republic) are headed to Sochi.

From New Jersey, Jaromir Jagr, Patrik Elias and Marek Zidlicky will be joining the Czech Republic team, and Damien Brunner will play for Switzerland.

The Devils outshot the Capitals 11-6 in the first period as the teams failed to convert two power-play opportunities apiece.

Early in the second, New Jersey's Adam Henrique took a centering pass and wristed a shot past Holtby, but it banged off the left post.

Later in the period Schneider stopped Karl Alzner's wrister from close range and made two follow-up saves on Jay Beagle.

Game notes

The Capitals finished 0 for 4 on the power play and the Devils were 0 for 3. . New Jersey D Anton Volchenkov (lower body injury) missed his third straight game. . Washington D Mike Green (concussion) missed his fifth game and C Mikhail Grabovski (left ankle injury) missed his eighth. . New Jersey leads the season series 2-1.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
10:50
WSH
Julien Brouillette (1) ASST: Patrick Wey (2), Nicklas Backstrom (44)
1 - 0 WSH
18:13
WSH
EN - Martin Erat (1) ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (45), Alex Ovechkin (20)
2 - 0 WSH
18:49
WSH
EN - Troy Brouwer (14) ASST: NONE
3 - 0 WSH
penalty summary
1st Period
02:21
WSH
Troy Brouwer  Tripping against  Peter Harrold
04:49
NJD
Steve Bernier  Boarding against  Alex Ovechkin
10:10
NJD
Dainius Zubrus  Holding against  Dmitry Orlov
13:42
WSH
Troy Brouwer  Hooking against  Michael Ryder
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
02:40
NJD
Ryan Carter  Holding the stick against  Patrick Wey
12:30
NJD
Stephen Gionta  Interference on goalkeeper against  Connor Carrick
19:18
WSH
Connor Carrick  Hi-sticking against  Andrei Loktionov
19:18
WSH
Connor Carrick  Hi-sticking against  Andrei Loktionov
goalie stats
Cory Schneider
SA: 24TOI: 59:17
Saves: 23EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .958SH: 0 - 0
Braden Holtby
Braden Holtby
17-13-2
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 19 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: 1.000SH: 2 - 2
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