WASHINGTON – Niko Hischier scored his second goal of the game with 2:04 left in overtime to give the New Jersey Devils a 4-3 win over Washington Capitals on Sunday.
Washington delayed the regulation to force extra time, Nick Doud scored capitals with 6:38 left and Conor Sheari equalized with 3:47.
“It was a draw, so nothing has been lost yet,” Hischier said. “So it’s very important, especially in a crowded house where everyone felt energy from Washington. So it’s important to focus and understand that it’s not over yet, and to play the game with a mindset that just binds you. I do it that way and I think everyone understands it. “
In the first half, 1:14, Yegor Sharangovich and Damon Severson scored for the Devils, and John Carlson headed to Washington 47 seconds before the end of time.
Hischier put New Jersey ahead 3-1 with 22 seconds to go in the second round.
Mackenzie Blackwood made 27 saves for the Devils. Ilya Samsonov stopped 33 shots for Tashkent.
Washington played without strikers Niklas Backstrom and TJ Oshis due to COVID-19 illness.
“I don’t think we played well enough,” Washington coach Peter Laviolette said. “I’m not sure it’s related to the news that the two guys were scratched,” he said. It’s hard to say why we lost. I can tell you why we lost. Do we want to have them? Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either.
Alain Nasreddin led the Devils into the second game in a row. Coach Lindy Raff passed a positive test for COVID-19 before Friday’s game.
“Your self-confidence is growing,” Nasreddin said. “To be honest, we felt good. Even in that third episode, we did a lot of good things and I thought the guys were talking in the back seat. You felt good energy even after the third goal and we took it out in extra time and found a way to win.
New Jersey defeated Washington for the first time since Feb. 22, 2020, their third win in a row.
“We talked about it before the game, of course,” Hischier said. “If you look at our games against them last year or our game at the beginning of this season, we wanted to come on the field and beat them and I think you could see that from the beginning. And, yes, it’s great that we finally got them. “