Ovechkin scores No. 725, Capitals sweep season series from Devils


Alex Ovechkin had a goal and two assists, and the Washington Capitals defeated the New Jersey Devils 5-4 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Sunday, completing a sweep of the eight-game season series.

Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and an assist, and T.J. Oshie scored his fourth goal in his past five games for Washington (25-9-4). Ilya Samsonov made 35 saves.

Ovechkin is six goals behind Marcel Dionne (731) for fifth place all time. He tied Brett Hull for second-most power-play goals in NHL history with 265, nine behind Dave Andreychuk.

Washington outscored New Jersey 32-19, going 8-0-0 versus one opponent in a single season for the first time in their history.

Travis Zajac scored twice and Ryan Murray had three assists for the Devils (13-17-6), who finished 0-6-2 against the Capitals. Mackenzie Blackwood made 14 saves.

Carl Hagelin gave Washington a 4-2 lead when he converted a Garnet Hathaway pass on a 2-on-1 rush for a short-handed goal at 2:41 of the third period.

Ovechkin fed Kuznetsov for a tap-in at 5:31 to increase the lead to 5-2.

Jesper Bratt scored from just outside the crease to pull the Devils within 5-3 at 10:15, and Zajac’s one-timer from the left circle pulled the Devils within 5-4 at 15:53.

Zajac gave the Devils a 1-0 lead at 3:17 of the first period when he scored on a one-timer from the high slot.

Oshie tied the score 1-1 at 9:16. Ovechkin deflected Brenden Dillon‘s pass into the Devils zone, and Oshie outraced Devils defenseman Dmitry Kulikov to the puck and beat Blackwood with a high backhand shot.

Conor Sheary‘s one-timer from the right circle deflected off Damon Severson and fluttered past Blackwood to give the Capitals a 2-1 lead at 3:21 of the second period.

Ovechkin made it 3-1 when he tucked in the rebound of Nicklas Backstrom‘s shot at 8:09, during a power play.

Yegor Sharangovich pulled the Devils within 3-2 with a wrist shot on the rush at 17:42, but Samsonov robbed Severson moments later with a glove save to preserve the lead.

The Devils outshot the Capitals 31-12 over the first two periods.

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