Devils swept in season series to Capitals after 5-4 loss

Mackenzie Blackwood watches as Alex Ovechkin scores

Mackenzie Blackwood enjoys as Alex Ovechkin ratings

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin moved into a second-place tie on the all-time list for NHL power-play objectives and the Washington Capitals beat the New Jersey Devils 5-4 on Sunday, finishing a sweep of their eight-game season series.

Ovechkin’s second-period objective was his 265th with the additional guy, connecting him with Brett Hull for 2nd location and leaving him 9 behind all-time league leader Dave Andreychuk (274).

The 35-year-old Russian, who likewise got 2 helps, has 19 objectives this season and 725 in his profession. He is 6 objectives shy of connecting Marcel Dionne for 5th location perpetuity in the NHL.

Ilya Samsonov was a huge factor the Capitals rounded off the sweep, making 35 conserves, consisting of 29 in the opening 40 minutes.

T.J. Oshie, Conor Sheary, Carl Hagelin and Evgeny Kuznetsov likewise scored for Washington. The eight-game sweep was the very first in group history versus a single challenger.

Travis Zajac scored two times and Yegor Sharangovich and Jesper Bratt as soon as for New Jersey, which tracked 3-2 after 2 durations in spite of outshooting the Caps 31-12. Mackenzie Blackwood dealt with 19 shots.

After Zajac and Oshie scored in the very first duration, Sheary provided the Caps the lead at 3:21 of the 2nd duration with a shot that deflected off the jersey of Devils defenseman Damon Severson and fluttered into the internet.

Ovechkin extended the cause 2 objectives, slam-dunking the rebound of Nicklas Backstrom’s shot that slipped through Blackwood’s pads. The power play was established when Dmitry Kulikov high-sticked Ovechkin in the face.

Sharangovich got New Jersey within 3-2 late in the 2nd duration however Hagelin and Kuznetsov scored early in the 3rd to extend the margin to 5-2. Bratt and Zajac got the Devils within an objective with 4:07 to play. They never ever got more detailed.


Kyle Palmieri might have played his last video game with the New Jersey Devils.

The group stated the extreme right, who will be a totally free representative at the end of the season, was held out of Sunday’s video game for preventive factors. Stephen Bartlett, his representative, stated the relocation was made in anticipation of a sell the coming days or week(s). The trade due date is April 12.

Palmieri has actually scored a minimum of 24 objectives in each of his very first 5 seasons with the Devils. The 30-year-old left to a sluggish start this year and has 8 in 34 video games. His 140 objectives because 2015-16 are the 6th most for an extreme right.


The Caps 8 wins versus New Jersey marked the 13th time because the growth age (1967-68) a group has actually beaten a challenger 8 times in a season. It was the very first time because 2007-08 when the Canadiens won 8 versus the Bruins.

NOTES: Zajac has 202 objectives with New Jersey, connecting him with Bobby Holik for 3rd location in franchise history. Patrik Elias (408) and John MacLean (347) are the leading 2. … Devils are 4-12-3 in your home. Washington is 12-5-2 on the roadway. … Oshie has 4 objectives in his previous 5 video games. … Devils D Ryan Murray connected a profession high with 3 helps.


Capitals: at Islanders on Tuesday. It’s the ending in a string of 11 straight video games versus the 3 New york city City city groups — the Devils, Rangers and Islanders.

Devils: Stay at home and face Sabres on Tuesday night.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.