These two teams played each other on April 2nd where the Devils lost in overtime 2-1. All year long, the Devils have have taken tough losses to the Capitals. The Capitals seem to have the Devils number this season. Going into the game they were 7-0. The Devils are hoping that this can change with an afternoon win over the Capitals.
Early in the first period, the Devils struck first with a goal from Travis Zajac. It was set up nicely as made a pass from the sideboards to the wide-open Zajac who snapped it home on the one-timer. The lead did not stay much longer as T.J. Oshie sliced past Dmitry Kulikov and backhanded his shot over the shoulder of Mackenzie Blackwood. The period ended with a tie but the Devils were flying in this period. There was a sequence in the final minute where Jack Hughes had a couple of opportunities to score but somehow it was kept out of the net.
The second period was a mess for the Devils. The Capitals took the lead with a goal by Connor Sheary. The shot went off Damon Severson and it got deflected in the goal. The Capitals then went on a power play and of course, Alex Ovechkin taps one in on the side of the net. Hughes came close as he hit the post and crossbar. The Devils finally scored with a snapshot from Yegor Shragovich. The period ended with the Devils trailing the Capitals 3-2.
The Devils were unable to get momentum from cutting within one goal of the Capitals. Carl Hagelin scores shorthanded and the Caps take a 4-2 lead. Then shortly after Evgeny Kuznetsov scored to add to their 4-2 lead to make it 5-2. The Devils tried to fight back as Jesper Bratt responded with a goal. Zajac scored again in a similar fashion from the beginning of the game. The pass also came from Nicholas Merkley. The Capitals were hanging on to a 5-4 lead. The Devils on the other hand we’re unable to find the equalizer and the Capitals go on to win by that score 5-4. The Capitals sweep the Devils this season in all eight games. On Tuesday they take on the Sabers and look to rebound.