Caps take out Devils

Newark, NJ ( – Jay Beagle scored the winner in the second
period as the Washington Capitals grabbed a 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils
on Saturday.

Brooks Laich posted a goal and an assist while Karl Alzner and Evgeny
Kuznetsov also lit the lamp for the Capitals, who have won their past two.
Braden Holtby stopped 33 shots.

Patrik Elias had the only goal while Cory Schneider allowed three goals on 28
shots for the Devils, who have lost six of their last seven.

The Capitals took a 1-0 lead just 3:47 into the game when Alzner one-timed the
puck in from the outside left circle for his first of the season.

New Jersey tied the game at 6:10 as Dainius Zubrus charged down the right wing
and cut to the front, with his shot popping into the air and Elias chipping it
in for his third of the season.

Washington, though, took the lead at 9:15 of the second when Beagle skated
down the right wing and cut to the front before putting a backhand in for his
fourth of the season.

Just 3 1/2 minutes later, the Caps padded their advantage on the power play
after Kuznetsov’s snapper from the right circle found the back of the net.

Holtby turned away all 15 shots he faced in the third, with Laich sealing the
victory on an empty-netter inside the final minute.

Game Notes

Washington plays at Tampa Bay on Tuesday … New Jersey plays at Carolina on
Monday … Washington has won two of the three games with New Jersey this
season … Washington was 1-for-2 on the power play while New Jersey was 0-