Washington D.C. - The New Jersey Devils travelled to Washington to play the Capitals in the team’s last game before the Olympic break.
The Devils played a pretty solid 40-minutes of hockey before getting dominated for most of the third period. Cory Schneider played phenomenal once again, only allowing one goal on the 24-shots he faced.
Despite having the majority of scoring chances in the first two periods, the Devils could not put anything past Caps goaltender Braden Holtby.
The Devils best chance came during the second period when Adam Henrique rang a one-timer off the left post. Damien Brunner had a great chance in the first period, but Holtby slid across the crease to rob him of a goal.
The Capitals finally opened up the scoring at 10:50 in the third period when Julien Brouillette scored his first career NHL goal.
The Devils failed to answer back in the remaining minutes of the game. Coach Pete DeBoer questionably pulled Schneider with 2:30 remaining in the third period, which ultimately led to two empty net goals.
On the bright side, the Devils killed all four Capitals power plays improving their PK% to 87.4% and now first place in the NHL. Also, the Devils rest for the next two weeks as only four players go to Sochi for the Olympics.