New Jersey Devils 4 vs. Washington Capitals 3 (OT)
- Attendance: 14,163
- Three Stars: 1. Taylor Hall 2. Brett Connolly (WSH) 3. Miles Wood
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The Devils defeated the Capitals, 4-3 OT, for the first time in five meetings. Coming into tonight they were 0-5-0, since Dec. 29, 2016 at Capital One Arena (2-1 Ws). Their last home victory against the Caps was April 4, 2014 (seven games, 0-5-2 before tonight).
The Devils are now 7W-8L in the overtime frame this season but are 4W-2L at Prudential Center.
New Jersey is 18-0-2, when leading after two periods. Since 2016-17, the Devils are 37-0-11 when leading after 40 minutes of play.
The Devils are now 5-5-1 (2-3-0 home) against the Metro and are 13-6-5 (6-4-2 home) vs. all Eastern Conference opponents.
The Devils out-shot Washington, 32-19, for the fifth straight game, Jan. 4-18, which is a team-season high.
New Jersey eliminated all five of Washington’s power plays. The Devils were scoreless in three power play opportunities.
New Jersey was 58% in the face-off circle tonight.
Taylor Hall scored the game winner in overtime. It was his eighth career overtime game winner. He also had an assist for two points. He has a team-high six-game, scoring streak (5G-6A-11PTS).
Drew Stafford scored his seventh goal of the season to give New Jersey a 1-0 lead at 8:01 of the first period. It was his second goal in the past three games, Jan. 13-18. Before Jan. 13 vs. Philadelphia, Stafford was a healthy-scratch for seven-consecutive games from Dec. 23-Jan. 7.
Stafford needs just one goal to match his 2016-17 total where he scored four as a Winnipeg Jet and four as a Boston Bruin.
Marcus Johansson had the lone assist on Stafford’s first period goal. The former Washington Capital has two assists (2PTS) over his last two games, Jan. 16-18, and has three assists against the Caps in three games this season.
Defenseman Sami Vatanen skated in his 300th career NHL game tonight and recorded his 100th career assist on Miles Wood’s goal. He then added another assist, 101st career, on Taylor Hall’s OT game winner He has played in 20 games with New Jersey and leads the club in average ice-time with 21:53 per game. Vatanen had two PIM tonight.
Devils’ captain Andy Greene scored the club’s second goal, his third of the season (10th of the evening to put New Jersey ahead 2-1 at 3:33 of the second period. He was his first goal in 26 games, since Nov. 12 at CHI.
Miles Wood, the game’s third star, scored the Devils third goal of the evening on a breakaway
Nico Hischier recorded two assists tonight for his seventh multi-point game of the season. He has three points (3A) over the past three games, Jan.13-18.
Devils’ goaltender Keith Kinkaid started in his second consecutive game; first time since