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The New Jersey Devils are celebrating a road victory over the Washington Capitals in front of a record crowd of 5,922 at PPL Center.
It was a game that started off with a penalty-shootout goal by defenseman Matt Carle and a 5-on-4 power play that brought the game to a close.
Devils forward Eric Staal scored on a wrister, and defenseman Eric Gelinas, who played for the Rangers last season, scored on the power play as well.
Devils coach Peter DeBoer said that was a pretty good effort.
Devils defenseman P.K. Subban and defenseman Justin Bailey were named the first captains of the game, and it was a solid group that was able to get back into the game.
The Devils led 3-1 after a two-minute power play goal by goalie Cam Talbot.
That brought the score to 3-2 and the Devils headed into the second period with a 2-0 lead.
As the Devils began to take their offensive advantage, the Capitals started scoring.
The Devils led 4-1 on the first power play of the period, but the Capitals responded with a goal by forward Alex Ovechkin that tied the game at 3-3.
But the Devils responded with two more goals in the second, giving them a 5:17 lead.
The Devils were able to take control of the third, and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made a great save on a penalty shot by Washington defenseman Adam Oates that kept the score at 3:23.
Devils forward Ryan Suter then scored on an empty netter by Devils defenseman Josh Gorges.
Gorges scored on his second of the night to make it a 5.
In the fourth, the Devils were down 3-0, but Staal gave them a 4-3 lead.
He scored on three power plays in the first three minutes of the frame, giving him his second three-point game of the season.
Devils captain Henrik Zetterberg scored on two power plays and a power-play goal by the Devils, tying the game up 4-4.
It was the first time the Devils had scored four goals in a period since Feb. 18, 2015.
And Staal made a huge save on the overtime goal by Washington goalie Anders Lindback to keep the score tied at 4-5.
Matt Carle scored on one of the goals, and Gelinas scored on another one.
Devils center Adam Henrique scored on goal, and goalie Jaroslav Halak made a nice save on Alex Ovi.
The game was tied 4-all when the Devils’ goalie was called for interference, which gave them the power-and-play.
The Devils went on to score four more goals, including the game-winner in overtime.
Devils goalie Martin Brodeur made 39 saves, while goaltender Cam Talbots made 41 stops.
The Capitals got a huge boost in the final seconds when Ryan Johansen was sent off in the third period.
The Capitals were up 2-1 when Ryan Whitney was sent to the box for boarding.
The puck dropped to the boards and Johansen, who had been in the penalty box for a game-winning hit on Capitals defenseman Braden Holtby earlier in the game was on the ice, blocking a shot.
Johansen went to the bench and did not return.
Devils head coach Peter deBoer was asked if it was because of the hit on Holtby.
“Yeah, it was pretty bad,” he said.
“But it’s a terrible thing that happened.
But you know, it happened.
And he’s a great guy.
He’s a good guy.
So we’ll move on from that.”
NHL Network will be showing a live replay of tonight’s game from the PPL Centre.
Check the live blog here.