Devils suffer first loss after Jack Hughes goes on IR

Daniel Sprong arrange the Capitals’ first objective and scored on a second-period breakaway to steer Washington to a 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night time at Prudential Center in Newark.

Anthony Mantha, Dmitry Orlov and Evgeny Kuznetsov additionally scored because the Capitals (3-0-1) handed New Jersey (2-1) its first loss of the season. Alex Ovechkin had his three-game objective streak snapped however he had an help on Orlov’s objective.

The Devils put heart Jack Hughes on the injured checklist earlier within the day. The No. 1 total choose within the 2019 dislocated his left shoulder in opposition to Seattle on Tuesday. No time-frame was given for his return. The group stated surgical procedure shouldn’t be deliberate at the moment.

Vitek Vanecek had 24 saves for Washington, dropping his shutout bid on a power-play objective by Janne Kuokkanen with 6:42 to play.

Scott Wedgewood solely can look on after the Capitals rejoice Evgeny Kuznetsov’s (92) objective in the course of the Devils’ 4-1 loss to the Capitals.

Scott Wedgewood, who was in objective as a result of Jonathan Bernier and Mackenzie Blackwood are sidelined, made 23 saves in his first begin of the season.

The Capitals received two pictures previous Wedgewood within the opening 9:33. Sprong arrange the first one at 4:14 along with his persistence. Carrying the puck up the best wing to the decrease circle, his preliminary centering cross was blocked behind the objective line. He retrieved the puck and located Mantha on their lonesome in entrance for his second objective of the season.

Orlov received his first objective after Wedgewood gave up an extended rebound on a straight-on shot from Ovechkin. Orlov collected the puck, skated towards the center of the ice and backhanded the puck excessive into the online.

Sprong pushed the result in 3-0 halfway by means of the second interval, poking the puck previous Devils defenseman Dougie Hamilton on the blueline and skating the size of the ice earlier than beating Wedgewood between the pads for his first objective.

Kuznetsov, who scored two targets in Washington’s win over Colorado on Tuesday, received his third in shut after a Devils’ turnover. And Kuokkanen scored on a shot from the interior fringe of the best circle.

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