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NEWARK, N.J. | Johan Hedberg made the key saves and New Jersey finally scored some goals.
Hedberg stopped 30 shots for his 15th career shutout, Jason Arnott scored twice while rookie Mattias Tedenby and Patrik Elias each had a goal and an assist for the Devils, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
“It felt very good,” Hedberg said. “We needed the win badly. The way we played tonight, we deserved it. We got the crucial first goal and from there on, we played really solid.”
Dainius Zubrus also scored for the Devils, who won for only the second time at home (2-5-2).
“The shutout was the most important thing tonight, keeping one of the best offensive lines off the scoreboard,” Arnott said. “We’ve been lacking that this year. Our defensive play hasn’t been very solid. We have to build on tonight. It’s a confidence booster.”
Now it’s the Capitals who are sliding, losers of three straight while giving up 14 goals in that span.
Tedenby had a goal and an assist as the Devils jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period.
Arnott scored an easy wraparound goal at 16:15 as Capitals goalie Braden Holtby got tangled up Tyler Sloan, his own defenseman. Arnott circled behind the net to put the puck into the wide-open net before Holtby could recover.
Tedenby scored on a penalty shot with 1:46 remaining to close out the scoring in the period. After being fouled on a breakaway by Erskine, Tedenby slipped a backhand past Holtby for his third goal in six games.
“I honestly didn’t feel terrible,” Holtby said. “The first period just didn’t go our way. Two inches either way on the first and third goal could have made a difference. I wanted to come out and have a strong performance, which I don’t think I did.”
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