New Jersey at Washington

Parise is only shootout scorer as Devils upend Capitals


WASHINGTON -- The New Jersey Devils' patience on offense was rewarded -- with a third-period comeback and a dominating performance in a shootout.

Zach Parise scored the lone shootout goal and Martin Brodeur made three saves in the tiebreaker, leading the Devils to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

Parise, the first Devils shooter in the extra session, lifted a backhander past Brent Johnson. Brodeur blocked Michael Nylander's attempt in front, used his stick to stop Alexander Semin and foiled Alexander Ovechkin's wrist shot on the Capitals' final attempt.

In the third period, Parise scored and set up another goal to give New Jersey a 3-2 lead after the Devils had been repeatedly thwarted by Johnson, who finished with 34 saves.

"It's a great sign," said New Jersey's Patrik Elias, who became the franchise's career leader in assists with his first of two on the night. "It's a good sign we can score goals when we have to. A team like that, you cannot give them too many opportunities."

Semin had two goals for Washington, which lost for the first time in four games since dropping its season opener Oct. 10 in Atlanta. Mike Green also scored.

Petr Vrana scored in his NHL debut for the Devils, who finished 3-1 on a four-game road trip. Elias picked up his 365th assist on the goal, moving ahead of Scott Niedermayer and into the top spot on New Jersey's list.

"I think it's great," Elias said. "It means I'm doing something right. It's amazing I'm passing a defenseman, but Scotty is a great player. ... It's a great milestone, but hopefully I can add a few more."

Parise and Andy Greene scored third-period goals for the Devils, who weren't frustrated after watching Johnson sweep pucks away and gobble up shots without giving up rebound chances.

"We did a good job of (killing penalties) in the second period and that gave us some momentum," New Jersey's Jamie Langenbrunner said. "We were doing a lot of good things and we talked a lot out there about the good things we were doing."

As soon as the Devils controlled the puck and shut down the middle of the ice, inhibiting the Capitals' passing attack, the game swung in New Jersey's favor.

"They're a very good defensive team and they make it tough on us to make plays in the neutral zone," Green said. "Once we get in their zone, they're always in your face and they make it very hard for you to make passes and plays where we kind of thrive off moving the pick."

Washington converted a two-man advantage midway through the second period to take a 2-1 lead. Green sneaked down the inside edge of the left circle to bat in a nice drop pass from Brooks Laich at 12:18.

Parise was in the middle of New Jersey's third-period rally. With Chris Clark off for tripping, he tied it with 9:26 remaining on a shot at the right post. Just 1:08 later, he set up Greene's goal from the left point with a long centering pass from behind the net.

Semin was credited with his team-leading sixth goal with 5:11 left when his right-side drive caromed off the chest of defenseman Mike Mottau's chest and past Brodeur.


  • New Jersey scratched RW Brian Rolston (ankle), and the Capitals played without D Tom Poti (groin), C Viktor Kozlov (leg) and RW Donald Brashear (hand).
  • Washington lost for the first time in three home games.
  • Hall of Famer Ray Bourque was in attendance to watch the season debut of his son, Capitals LW Chris Bourque. After the game, the younger Bourque was reassigned to AHL Hershey.
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Zach Parise is the only one to beat Brent Johnson in the shootout with this shot. (AP)
Zach Parise is the only one to beat Brent Johnson in the shootout with this shot. (AP)
New Jersey  (4-1-0) «10201 (1)4
Washington (3-1-1)11100 (0)3
Three Stars
Z. Parise

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
A. Semin

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
J. Langenbrunner

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
05:04Alexander Semin (5), Snap Shot. Assist: Fedorov, Morrisonn
12:48Petr Vrana (1), Tip-In. Assist: Elias, Oduya
12:18Power Play - Mike Green (4), Snap Shot. Assist: Laich, Ovechkin
10:34Power Play - Zach Parise (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Langenbrunner, Elias
11:42Andy Greene (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Parise, Langenbrunner
14:49Alexander Semin (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Erskine, Schultz
 Zach Parise (1), GOAL
Penalty Summary
13:19Martin, 2 min, Holding
15:20Ovechkin, 2 min, High-Sticking
18:42Madden, 2 min, Holding
01:55Elias, 2 min, Hooking
07:16Erskine, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
09:12Laich, 2 min, Hooking
10:56Greene, 2 min, Tripping
11:29Madden, 2 min, Holding
06:19Langenbrunner, 2 min, Hooking
07:21Martin, 2 min, Slashing
10:01Clark, 2 min, Tripping
16:26Salvador, 2 min, Tripping
Shots On Goal
New Jersey149932
Martin Brodeur 65:0024330
Brent Johnson 64:5634321
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
New Jersey1-for-2
Game Information
Attendance - 17904
Referees - Marc Joannette, Chris Rooney
Linesmen - Lonnie Cameron, Mark Pare
Other Games
Pho 1 Final
Mon 4
Colu 3 Final
Nash 6
Bos 4 Final
Ott 2
NYI 0 Final
Fla 2
Phi 4 Final
SJ 5
Min 1 Final
TB 0
Cal 2 Final
Edm 3
NYR 4 Final
Det 5
Tor 1 Final
Pitt 4
Colo 5 Final
Dal 4
Buf 2 Final
Atl 3
Chi 3 Final
StL 4