The Washington Capitals have had a great season and kept up their momentum going into the All-Star break as they defeated the New Jersey Devils 5-2.
Alex Ovechkin kicked off the scoring with his 23rd goal of the season. Evgeny Kuznetsov also had a phenomenal game. He scored two goals and extended his season total to 9 goals this season. Braden Holtby was consistent in the crease stopping 27 shots. “A month ago, we probably wouldn’t have thought we’d be where we are,” said Holtby. “Our game’s come together. We had some fortune in some games and played really well in others. We’re going strong but we know we can’t get complacent now. We’ll take the All-Star break to rest some guys and come back stronger.”
The Devils had a goal from Adam Henrique on the power play which was his 12th of the season. It was a rough game for Devils Goaltender Keith Kinkaid who was pulled from the game and replaced by Cory Schneider in the second period.
“Obviously, not where we want to be,” said Schneider. “The way we started the year, we had some pretty lofty aspirations. I still believe we have a team that can play well and win games. That’s our objective right now. Clearly we are looking up now. We are out of the playoffs. That’s the reality. We just have to keep grinding and just get better.”
The Capitals look to keep up their momentum after the All-Star break as they face the New York Islanders on Tuesday.