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Nylander nets pair as Capitals cool off Devils

NEWARK, New Jersey (Ticker) -- The New Jersey Devils' winning

streak ended when their comeback heroics ran out.

Michael Nylander scored two goals and the Washington Capitals

cooled off the Devils by posting a 5-2 victory on Tuesday.

Defenseman Mike Green, Eric Fehr and Brooks Laich each scored a

goal and set up another while Alex Ovechkin notched two assists

for the Capitals, who improved to 6-1-1 over their last eight


"As we go on here, we seem to be getting better and finding our

game more," said Green, who leads all NHL blue-liners with 16


"It's great to get the victories and be rewarded for it."

Brian Rolston and captain Jamie Langenbrunner netted a goal

apiece for the Devils, whose season-high eight-game winning

streak was halted.

"We had a bad night," New Jersey coach Brent Sutter said. "It

was pretty well through the whole lineup. I'm still trying to

figure out why we played like this tonight, especially against a

team one point up on us in the standings."

Scott Clemmensen turned aside 21 shots, but the Devils ran out

of their magic coming off back-to-back overtime victories. In

both games, Langenbrunner had notched the game-winner.

They had won five of the first six games in their run by at

least two goals, and trounced the Ottawa Senators and Montreal

Canadiens by three goals apiece last week.

After finishing on top in two previous close contests, New

Jersey fell into an early hole and never recovered in this one.

"That's definitely not the way we want to play," Langenbrunner

said. "We're definitely a better team (playing with) a lead.

But that's the way it works sometimes. You'd rather (the

winning streak) end playing well against a team and the team

beats you."

Green and Laich each beat Clemmensen in a 2:14 span in the first

period and Nylander gave Washington a 3-0 lead two minutes into

the following period by firing a wrist shot into the vacant net

from the low slot.

"It's something I should have been doing for many years, many

years," Nylander said. "When you're shooting, you see the puck

go in. We had three goals on the power play so that was a big

part of the game."

Rolston cut the deficit 8:20 into the second with a hard slap

shot in between the faceoff circles and Langenbrunner later

converted passes from Travis Zajac and defenseman Bryce Salvador

by beating Jose Theodore with a wrister on the doorstep 41

seconds into the third.

Nylander silenced New Jersey's comeback efforts by netting his

second goal of the night, wristing a shot past Clemmensen from

the right circle with 9:01 remaining.

"He doesn't like to shoot," Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said

of Nylander. "We have a few of those guys. And then we have

one guy (Alex Ovechkin) that shoots it every chance he gets it,

so he makes up for those guys."

Setting up the power play for Nylander's goal, Mike Rupp was

whistled for goaltender interference despite clearly being

tripped on his way toward the net.

"No question the video shows he was tripped on the play," Sutter

said. "We get a call against us that should have gone the other


Fehr then secured the victory with an empty-netter with 70

seconds left in the contest, enabling the Capitals to extend

their winning streak to three games.

Theodore finished with 32 saves.


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