- George Zimmerman will not be charged in domestic dispute
- Russian officials press bilateral U.S. trade deal
- Selfies at Funerals blog creator retires after Obama flub: ‘Our work here is done’
- New Obama adviser Podesta is against Keystone but will steer clear of pipeline deliberations
- 40 Australian adults, children found in ‘one of the worst accounts of incest ever made public’
- Venezuela’s Maduro calls on student ‘price vigilantes’ to hit the streets, report businesses
- Atheists smug as Hindus join Satanists to demand display at Oklahoma Statehouse
- Bow before Valkyrie, NASA’s ‘superhero robot’ entry in DARPA challenge
- 10-year-old Pennsylvania boy suspended for pretend bow-and-arrow shooting
- Tea partiers turn on Capitol Hill budget deal
Devils continue dominance against Capitals
NEWARK, N.J. | The Washington Capitals have proved they can win games without Alex Ovechkin, but they haven’t shown they can best the New Jersey Devils with or without him.
Five straight goals by the Devils nullified a fast start for Washington, and the Caps were soundly defeated for the first time this season in a 5-2 loss Saturday night at Prudential Center. New Jersey is now 3-0 against Washington this season.
“We’re disappointed - these guys had already beaten us twice, and we wanted to come in here and make a statement, but it didn’t happen,” Brendan Morrison said. “It is not a good feeling.”
On Friday night the Minnesota Wild were a tired bunch, but Josh Harding kept his team close with great goaltending. The Caps, playing their second game in as many nights, did not receive such an effort from Jose Theodore.
The Caps’ veteran netminder yielded five goals on the first 18 shots he faced. After a great start to the season, Theodore has stopped just 125 of 147 shots in his past six outings for an .850 save percentage.
“It wasn’t really all bad goals, but you’ve got to find a way to make saves and tonight I didn’t make the key saves,” Theodore said. “I’m really not happy with the way I’ve played the past couple of games.
“I don’t think it is anything I’ve done differently with technique or work ethic. It is just about having that jump that I had and getting back to being really focused.”
After the Caps sprinted to a 2-0 lead, Martin Brodeur started playing like one of the best goalies of all time again, and the Devils took control of the contest. Colin White cut Washington’s lead in half with a long wrist shot that glanced off Brian Pothier’s skate in front of Theodore at 9:47.
The second period proved to be a disaster for the Caps. Jamie Langenbrunner scored 19 seconds into a power play with a one-timer from the left point at 5:44.
Alexander Semin made an ill-advised pass attempt from the right wing toward the center of the ice with a couple of his teammates heading toward the bench for a change. Travis Zajac intercepted the puck and ignited a two-on-none break that Zach Parise finished at 10:44 with his 10th goal of the year.
“It is not the way we play, and you can only tell certain people so many times,” Caps coach Bruce Boudreau said. “That was the biggest goal against us to that point. We wanted to get it deep and work them in the corners, but we turned it around and gave them a breakaway.”
Matt Halischuk’s first NHL goal at 19:04 put an exclamation point on the middle period for the Devils. He took a cross-ice pass from Niclas Bergfors on a three-on-two and ripped a shot into the top right corner.
If the Caps were hoping for a surge coming out of the second intermission, it didn’t happen. New Jersey defenseman Cory Murphy’s shot from the right point off a faceoff beat Theodore 3:15 into the third. It was the first time all season Washington trailed by more than two goals.
The Caps struck on their first two shots of the game to open an early advantage. Morrison made a great play to keep the puck in the offensive zone on a power play, and then eventually fed Tomas Fleischmann for a shot from inside the right circle at 4:14.
Fleischmann now has seven goals and 10 points in nine games this season. It was a two-tally advantage less than a minute later. Mike Green sent a pass to Mathieu Perreault near the top of the circles for a one-timer that beat Brodeur along the ice as he slid across his crease at 5:02.
About the Author
- The Capitals' Cup full of dreams
- Capitals' Green left off Canada's roster
- Capitals' new addition brings energy
- Capitals trade their captain to Columbus
- Disastrous first period dooms Capitals
Latest Blog Entries
By Donald Lambro
Growth spikes are little more than trend-free anomalies
- Rand Paul: Budget deal 'shameful,' 'huge mistake'
- Tea partiers turn on Capitol Hill budget deal
- Teen thugs in D.C. run wild -- even while wearing GPS ankle bracelets
- Leon Panetta named as source of 'Zero Dark Thirty' scriptwriters information
- CARSON: Why did the founders give us the Second Amendment?
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
- American bourbon now better than Scottish whisky: U.K.-born expert
- Obama's antics at Nelson Mandela tribute: Jovial conversation, handshake with Raul Castro
- Obama takes 'selfie' at Mandela's funeral service
- VEGAS RULES: Harry Reid pushed feds to change ruling for casino's big-money foreigners
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Interviews and show reviews from the Los Angeles punk scene past and present. Los Angeles has always been rich in punk rock talent since punk rock was born.
Buzz on Bees is a column promoting the love and life of God’s greatest pollinators on earth: The Honeybee
Brazen, leading-edge, “call it like it is” columns and reporting from Ohio native, radio host and writer, Sara Marie Brenner.
A libertarian look at breaking news and political trends by author Tom Mullen.
Extraordinary day at Redskins Park
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow