December 28, 2005Game 37: Devils Destroy Capitals 7-2
The New Jersey Devils smacked around the Washington Capitals at
home, defeating them 7-2 on Wednesday, December 28, 2005.
Alexander Ovechkin beat Martin Brodeur on the power-play at 9:44
of the first period to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead.
Sergei Brylin beat Brent Johnson with a great shot at 12:40 to
tie the game, 1-1. Brylin's ninth goal of the season was assisted by
Grant Marshall and Jamie Langenbrunner.
Brian Rafalski added a power-play goal at 12:53 to give the
Devils a 2-1 lead. Paul Martin and Zach Parise assisted on Rafalski's
second goal of the season.
The first period ended with the Devils leading Washington, 2-1.
The Devils outhshot the Caps 11-10 in the period.
Brian Gionta beat Olaf Kolzig (Johnson left with a groin injury)
at 13:18 of the second period to give New Jersey a two goal lead. Scott
Gomez and Grant Marshall assisted on his 20th goal of the season.
The second period ended with the Devils leading, 3-1. The
Devils outshot the Capitals 11-7 in the period.
Jay Pandolfo beat Kolzig with a great top-shelf backhand shot at
6:47 of the third period to give the Devils a 4-1 lead. Jamie
Langenbrunner and Colin White assisted on Pandolfo's seventh goal of the
Brian Sutherby scored on Martin Brodeur at 10:08 of the third
period to cut the Devils lead to 2 goals.
Brian Gionta scored his second goal of the night at 12:03 on a
power-play to give the Devils a 5-2 lead. Scott Gomez and Tommy Albelin
assisted on Gionta's goal.
John Madden increased the Devils lead just 1:00 later to give
the Devils a 6-2 lead. Brian Rafalski was credited with the only assist
on Madden's seventh goal of the season.
Brian Rafalski scored a 5 on 3 power-play goal with just 1:48
left to cap the Devils scoring. Rafalski's second goal of the game was
assisted by Paul Martin and Scott Gomez.
The game ended with the Devils defeating the Caps, 7-2.
The Devils outshot the Capitals 16-8 in the period and 38-25 in the
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