December 23, 2011Game 34: Devils Blow Lead, But Beat Caps in SO
The New Jersey Devils defeated the Washington Capitals 4-3 at
home in a shootout on Friday, December 23, 2011.
Ilya Kovalchuk scored a power-play goal 2:20 into the second
period to give the Devils a 1-0 lead. Kurtis Foster and Patrik Elias
assisted on Kovalchuk's 11th goal of the season.
Alexander Urbom scored his first goal of the season at 4:57 to
give New Jersey a 2-0 lead. Travis Zajac and Ilya Kovalchuck assisted on
Adam Henrique tipped the puck past Michal Neuvirth at 10:08 of
the second period to make it a 3 goal lead. Matt Taormina and Zach
Parise assisted on Henrique's ninth of the season.
The Devils were on the offensive in the second period, with 14
shots resulting in 3 goals. In the third period, the Devils moved into
defensive mode. Unfortunately defensive mistakes, and only 4 shots in
the period, let Washington tie the game 3-3.
The game remained tied after the overtime period, forcing a
shootout. Ilya Kovalchuk and Patrik Elias scored in the shootout, while
Martin Brodeur stopped both shots he faced.