The Washington Capitals played for the third time in less than 72 hours and looked great in the 5-4 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.
It was whole team effort as the team on offense was able to generate 19 shots, and saw a stellar goal keeping performance by Ilya Samsonov who stopped 35 shots.
New Jersey was able to get on the board first thanks to a goal by Travis Zajac at the 3?17 mark of the First Period. Washington quickly responded thanks to a snipe by T.J. Oshie who found the back of the cage at the 9:16 mark.
The Capitals were able to maintain their offensive momentum in the Second, as Conor Sheary and Alex Ovechkin both were able to create wonderful offensive goals. Yegor Sharangovich cut into the Capitals lead at the 17:42 mark to help the Devils regain their offensive momentum.
In the Third Period Carl Hagelin and Evgeny Kuznetsov helped to increase the lead for the Caps again, before the Devils responded with goals by Jesper Bratt and Zajac; making the game a nail biter for those who watched at home.
The Capitals defense stood tall for the rest of the game as the team was able to skate away with a well-earned victory.
There were some interesting notes from the game, as for Oshie his mark early in the game was his 11th goal of the season. Thus far Oshie has recorded seven points in the last six games.
As for Sheary the mark was the eighth of the season, as he is ranked fourth of the team in goals per 60 minutes of five-on-five play. For the Capitals Captain Ovechkin his goal was on a power play opportunity, which was the 365th of his career. That mark ties him with Brett Hull for second most in NHL history.
Thus far the Capitals have a 25-9-4 mark in the MassMutual East Division and are in First Place. The team has been playing well winning 19 of the last 25 games.
Up next for the Capitals the team will be on the road to take on the New York Islanders on Tuesday, with face-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
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