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GAME: Washington Capitals (6-10-0) at New Jersey Devils (7-7-2).

TIME: Saturday, 1 p.m. EST.
Perhaps the return of Martin Brodeur was all the New Jersey Devils needed to get going.
The Devils look to win consecutive games for only the third time this season when they try to complete a home-and-home series sweep of the Washington Capitals.

Brodeur returned to the lineup to make 21 saves after missing six games with a sprained knee, and four different Devils scored as New Jersey snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory at Washington on Friday afternoon.

The win was Brodeur's 408th of his career, moving him into sixth place all time.

"I survived the game," he said. "Personally, I felt really good in there. My leg was good. I was not afraid to play the way I wanted to play. That's something I was looking at before getting a start. I'm pretty happy about it."

Although Brodeur was successful in his return, New Jersey's lead began to slip away late in the game. Ahead 4-1 early in the third period, the Devils allowed Jeff Halpern and Alexander Ovechkin to score to make it a one-goal game.

New Jersey, though, held on for its first win this month.

"It's one that we needed," said Devils center Scott Gomez, who scored in the third. "We lost four in a row. It doesn't matter whether we win 8-7. We needed that win."

Washington, meanwhile, knows it must start off more aggressively in Saturday's rematch. The Capitals were outshot 25-15 in the first two periods before holding a 9-5 advantage in the third.

"We tried to create our own momentum and our own energy with about 10 minutes left," Washington coach Glen Hanlon said. "We played our game. That's the way we have to play from the start (on Saturday)."
 

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Very Early game but NJ won 3-2

MB was in goal and it was easy to tell. No goals were scored at all in the 3rd period.
 

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kamego said:
No goals were scored at all in the 3rd period.
Richard Matvichuk was scratched. This score was a direct result.

Caps had two shots in the 3rd period.
 

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KidCanada said:
Ghoti, how did Ovechkin look today?
The Devils actually reached into the past and played some real defense, so he didn't get loose too often.

He has lots of confidence, though, and tried some amazing things that other players would never do.

He played physical, too. That guy is no wuss.

Basically, the Madden line held him in check, but he created some chances that Brodeur was able to deal with.
 
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