The Capitals score three in the third for a 6-4 win over the Devils

Author: ALLAN KREDA

NEWARK — Connor McMichael scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and Hunter Shepard made 18 saves in his NHL debut as the Washington Capitals beat the New Jersey Devils 6-4 on Wednesday night.

McMichael scored his second goal of the season at 2:09 of the third to give Washington a 5-4 lead after Dylan Strome tied the game at 4 just 18 seconds into the final period on the power play.

Alex Ovechkin added an empty-net goal at 18:25, his second of the season and 824th of his NHL career.

Washington scored three times in the first, then the Devils scored four goals in the second before the Capitals added three more in the third.

After two quick goals early in the third, Washington held on for its second win in six games as the 27-year-old Shepard — Calder Cup playoff MVP last spring after leading the Hershey Bears to the AHL championship — overcame a rough patch. second period.

Tyler Toffoli scored twice for New Jersey and Jack Hughes added three assists. Hughes leads the NHL in scoring with 17 points, including four goals.

Washington took a 3-0 lead in the first period on goals by Anthony Mantha, Strome and Sonny Milan.

Mantha opened the scoring at 6:37 with his first of the season off an assist from Aliaksei Protas.

Strome made it 2-0 at 15:52 when he slipped the puck over Devils netminder Akira Schmid. Milano prevailed with a three-goal margin at 17:28, assisted by TJ Oshie and Yevgeny Kuznetsov.

Vítek Vaneček replaced Schmid after the first period. Schmid had five saves and Vanececk 14.

The momentum completely shifted in New Jersey’s favor in the second as they scored four goals in less than six minutes.

Toffoli, who scored a hat trick in Tuesday’s 5-2 win at Montreal, put New Jersey on the board at the 4:31 mark.

Timo Meier, the Devils’ key acquisition last season, scored at 5:19 on assists to Jack Hughes and Toffoli, before Devils captain Nico Hischier tied it at 3-3 at 6:42.

Toffoli then scored his sixth goal of the season at 10:01 with an assist from Jack Hughes and his younger brother Luke to give New Jersey a 4-3 lead.

The Capitals managed just seven goals in their first five games before allowing six on Wednesday.

UP NEXT:

Devils: Host the Buffalo Sabers on Friday.

Capitals: Host the Minnesota Wild on Friday.

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