10/16/14: Washington Capitals 6 New Jersey Devils 2

1st Capitals Goal (Ovechkin), Even

  • Washington Contributions
    T. Brouwer – picks up the puck at the Capitals blue line after Greene fans on it, carries it down the right side of the neutral zone into the Devils zone, and puts a wrist shot on net from the right faceoff dot that produces a rebound
    A. Ovechkin – picks up the rebound at the inside upper edge of the left faceoff circle, carries it across the slot, and shoots a wrist shot from the inside edge of the right faceoff circle that beats Schneider’s blocker
  • New Jersey Faults
    A. Greene – tries to keep a puck in at the blue line of the Capitals zone and fans on the puck, allowing Brouwer to get the puck and skate past him, then isn’t in position to step up on Ovechkin shooting after using all of his energy to get back into the zone

1st Devils Goal (Severson), Even

  • New Jersey Contributions
    A. Greene – gets the puck in his own zone and passes it across to center ice for Havlat
    M. Havlat – keeps the puck moving forward with a pass to Jagr skating towards the Capitals zone
    J. Jagr – skates around Alzner on the zone entry and takes the puck down to the right corner, then skates back up the boards and passes the puck down to Zajac in the right corner (cont.), retrieves the puck that Zajac pushed behind the net and wins a battle to pass the puck in front for Cammalleri
    T. Zajac – pushes the puck behind the net (cont.), skates through the crease and gets the rebound, then passes it back to Severson above the right faceoff circle
    M. Cammalleri – one-times the puck in front of the net and is stopped by Holtby with a rebound in front
    D. Severson – winds up and takes a slapshot from the right point
  • Washington Faults
    T. Brouwer – doesn’t cover Cammalleri for the one-timer chance in front of the net that creates the rebound and the resulting goal

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2nd Capitals Goal (Brown), Even

  • Washington Contributions
    B. Orpik – gets the puck in his own zone on a turnover from Gelinas and passes it to his right for Green
    M. Green – passes the puck up to Brown entering the right side of the Devils zone
    C. Brown – shrugs off a check from Gelinas, carries the puck down to the outside edge of the right faceoff circle, and fires a perfectly placed slapshot over Schneider’s left shoulder on the short-side
  • New Jersey Faults
    E. Gelinas – tries to make a pass up the middle from his own zone and ends up passing the puck to Orpik in the Capitals zone, then tries to knock Brown off the puck but doesn’t even slow him down

2nd Devils Goal (Severson), Even

  • New Jersey Contributions
    D. Severson – pinches down the right-side boards to push a rebound into the right corner of the Capitals zone (cont.), takes a one-timer that
    A. Henrique – ties up Schmidt’s stick in the corner so Clowe can get the loose puck (cont.), sets a screen on Severson’s shot so Holtby doesn’t see it until it’s too late
    R. Clowe – gets the loose puck in the corner, battles through two attempts from Schmidt trying to steal it, and passes it up to Severson at the right point
  • Washington Faults
    N. Schmidt – loses multiple puck battles in the corner of the zone despite having better positioning a couple of times

3rd Capitals Goal (Johansson), Even

  • Washington Contributions
    B. Laich – moves Elias out of the way along the left-side boards and gets to a loose puck, then centers it for Johansson in the middle of the zone
    M. Johansson – takes a quick wrist shot before the defense can step up on him that beats Schneider’s blocker
  • New Jersey Faults
    P. Elias – blocks a pass in the Devils zone down the left side boards, but then gets out-muscled and passed up by Laich, who takes the puck

4th Capitals Goal (Backstrom), Even

  • Washington Contributions
    K. Alzner – takes Severson’s soft clearing attempt and plays it back down into the left corner of the Devils zone for Backstrom
    N. Backstrom – falls to the ground trying to skate with the puck but moves it along for Ovechkin on the boards (cont.), deflects Niskanen’s shot in the slot so it bounces past Schneider’s left pad
    A. Ovechkin – skates towards the left point and then makes a pass to Brouwer in the middle of the zone
    T. Brouwer – moves the puck along to Niskanen just inside the blue line
    M. Niskanen – takes the puck to the right point and fires a shot towards the net
  • New Jersey Faults
    D. Severson – has the puck in the left corner of the Devils zone and softly plays it up the boards, turning it over to Alzner at the left point
    R. Clowe – gets caught drifting too far to the left point area and isn’t in position when either Johansson or Niskanen gets the puck in the middle of the ice to defend them

5th Capitals Goal (Ward), Even

  • Washington Contributions
    J. Ward – picks up a loose puck in the defensive zone, skates it through the neutral zone and just across the Devils blue line, then fires a wrist shot that misses the net, bounces off of the back-boards, and comes back into the crease, hitting off of Schneider’s left skate and into the net
  • New Jersey Faults
    C. Schneider – slowly backs up to the post without realizing where the puck is going, so he knocks the puck into his own net

6th Capitals Goal (Burakovsky), Powerplay

  • Washington Contributions
    J. Ward – wins a faceoff in the right circle in the Devils zone back to Niskanen at the right point
    M. Niskanen – picks up the puck and moves it to the left point for Green (cont.), redirects Green’s pass to the right faceoff circle for Burakovsky
    M. Green – gets control of the puck and moves it back to Niskanen at the middle of the blue line
    A. Burakovsky – skates to the outside edge of the right faceoff circle and passes the puck down to Kuznetsov below the goal line (cont.), gets the puck back, skates up and down the right faceoff circle, and passes the puck back to Kuznetsov (cont.), gets the puck back again from Kuznetsov, moves to the right faceoff dot, and fires a wrist shot over Clemmensen’s left shoulder
    E. Kuznetsov – returns the puck to Burakovsky (cont.), gets it back from him and then passes it back to him again on the outside edge of the circle
  • New Jersey Faults
    J. Jagr – in the penalty box for tripping

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