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The New Jersey Devils came to the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. and fought off an offensive onslaught as they rallied back to beat the Capitals 5-4.  This one pushes the Devils' record to 15-15-7 on the season.


- Marek Zidlicky with a first period, power play goal that came together after some great puck movement from Andy Greene, Jaromir Jagr, and the rest of the power play line.  That's Zidlicky's 4th of the season, all of them coming on the power play

- Jason Chimera scored at the midway point of period number 2 on a rebound off his own wrap-around to tie the game at 1.

- Mikhail Grabovski was left all-alone behind the Devils' D to pop in the go ahead goal, his 10th goal of the season, off a nice pass from Eric Fehr.

Joel Ward found his own rebound just before the end of the 2nd period off of a Mike Green slap shot to net his 11th of the year, and the Caps' 3rd of the night.

Jaromir Jagr netted a power play goal from Greene and Patrik Elias to breathe a little bit of life back into the Devs.  This ties him with Mark Messier at 694 career goals, and counting.

Alexander Ovechkin and the Caps took advantage of a turnover by Elias and took a little bit of wind out of the Devils sails making it a 4-2 game.

- Marek Zidlicky responded on a great feed from Travis Zajac, netting his second of the night, and his first even-strength goal of the year.

-Dainius Zubrus got the tip off another beautiful pass by Travis Zajac.  New Jersey rallied back from the brink to tie it up at four.

- Andy Greene sealed the comeback victory after he chipped in a rebound off a shot by Jaromir Jagr.


The Devils gave their fans another collective heart-attack tonight.  The Devils were winded and hurting, playing their third game in 4 days, and it almost came back to bite them.  But, it was all worth it, as the comeback kids scored 3 unanswered goals to beat take down Washington and bring themselves to NHL .500.

We've talked a lot about the impressive youth movement that is exciting the fans in New Jersey, with the likes of Eric Gelinas and Reid Boucher playing important roles in the Devils' starting lineup.  Tonight was no different, the younger players looked good and hustled hard.  But tonight was all about the vets.  With goals from Zidlicky, Jagr and Zubrus, and Greene, the only man on the New Jersey scoresheet younger than 30 was Travis Zajac.  Jagr, Elias, Greene, and Zajac also each had a pair of assists, meaning that every player on the Devils' side of the scoresheet had a multi-point night.

And what more can be said about Jaromir Jagr?  The man never ceases to amaze, playing like a number one forward at age 41, and making everyone around him better.  Tonight #68 continued his climb towards history as he recorded his 694th NHL, regular season goal.  This tied him with former Rangers teammate , Mark Messier, for 7th all time.

And, even on a night where they gave up 4 goals, there is something to be said for the Devils' defense.  Only a few games removed from fighting off top scoring tandems of Crosby and Malkin, and Getzlaf and Perry, tonight the Devils were faced with the task of holding off offensive superstars, Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Ovechkin, and hold them off they did.  Backstrom, the league leader in assists coming into the game, was completely absent, and Ovechkin, was a non-factor until a Patrik Elias turnover in the zone gave the league's top-scorer an open shot at Martin Brodeur.

It wasn't a perfect effort, not by any means.  I'm sure a fair amount of people were ready to give up after the second period.  But in the end, they worked hard and earned themselves the 2 points that they desperately needed.  Now they're sitting at third in a very shaky division and starting to show that they're a team that can do some damage going forward.

Tags: Adam Larsson, NHL, ADAM HENRIQUE, Postgame Thoughts, Eric Gelinas, PATRIK ELIAS, TRAVIS ZAJAC, Analysis, CAM JANSSEN, Hockey, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils
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