National Hockey League
New Jersey 3, Washington 2
When: 1:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 22, 2020
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Referees: Jean Hebert, Pierre Lambert
Linesmen: Ryan Galloway, Brian Murphy
Attendance: 16514

Alex Ovechkin became the eighth NHL player to reach 700 goals, but the milestone was not enough as Damon Severson scored with 1:59 remaining to give the New Jersey Devils a 3-2 victory over the visiting Washington Capitals on Saturday afternoon.

Ovechkin made history 4:50 into the third period when he ripped a shot past New Jersey goalie Mackenzie Blackwood from the right circle. Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nick Jensen were given assists on the play, and that tied the game 2-all.

The Washington bench spilled out on to the ice and hugged Ovechkin, who received an ovation from the New Jersey crowd.

The Devils got the last laugh as Severson fired a high shot past goalie Ilya Samsonov just after Washington finished killing off two penalties. It was the first road loss this season for Samsonov, who had won his first 10 away from home. Severson added an assist.

Blackwood, who has won his last six games, finished with 33 saves.

Washington has dropped four straight and is 1-5-1 in its last seven games as it continues to have problems both on offense and defense. New Jersey's defense stifled the Caps throughout, clogging the neutral zone and always shadowing Ovechkin.

Jesper Bratt scored a goal in the first period and assisted on Wayne Simmonds' goal in the second period as the Devils took a 2-0 lead.

Bratt's goal came with 7:05 left in the first period. Severson's long pass through the Capitals defense let Bratt come in alone and beat Samsonov.

Bratt's assist came on the power-play with 7:48 remaining in the second period as Simmonds easily tapped a rebound into an open net after a Nikita Gusev shot.

Washington cut the lead to 2-1 with 5:16 left in the second period when Tom Wilson tipped in a John Carlson blast. Carlson was near the blue line, while Wilson knocked the puck in from in front of Blackwood.

Carlson's assist put him in a tie with Calle Johansson for most points by a Capitals' defenseman in franchise history at 474.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Washington   New Jersey
Alex Ovechkin 1 Points Jesper Bratt 2
Alex Ovechkin 1 Goals Jesper Bratt 1
Nicklas Backstrom 1 Assists Nikita Gusev 2
Tom Wilson 1 Power Play Goals Damon Severson 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Ilya Samsonov .897 Save Percentage Mackenzie Blackwood .943
Ilya Samsonov 26 Saves Mackenzie Blackwood 33
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Washington 35 2 1-6 1-3 8 32
New Jersey 29 3 2-3 5-6 14 32
Upcoming Games
  • New Jersey will play their next game on the road against Detroit. The Devils have a W/L % of .375 after a win and .405 after a loss.
  • Washington will play their next game at home against Pittsburgh. The Capitals have a W/L % of .605 after a win and .609 after a loss.