WHAT IT MEANS: The Devils’ three-game winning streak is over. They played a dominant first 37:33, but the Capitals took over from there, winning 3-1, on Friday night at the Prudential Center. Alex Ovechkin, Jason Chimera and Marcus Johansson scored for Washington (10-4-0). New Jersey dropped to 7-6-1.
EARLY B-DAY PRESENT: Adam Larsson turns 19 on Saturday. But the rookie defenseman gave himself an early birthday gift on Friday night: his first NHL goal. It came with 6:54 left in the first period. Larsson drove a slapper from the top of the right circle that somehow found its way past Tomas Vokoun and inside the left post. Just like that, the Devils had a 1-0 lead. It didn't last.
SCARY MOMENT: Larsson sustained a hard hit from Ovechkin in the third, and was looked at by the trainer. He returned to the ice shortly after that, though, and was out there for Johansson’s tally.
THIRD LINE WILL SHINE: The Devils best line of the evening was their third forward combination of David Clarkson, Ryan Carter and Mattias Tedenby, who did everything but score. They got chances, cycled the puck down low and provided an offensive spark. Clarkson even rang one off the post.
KILLING IT: The Devils are a perfect 30-for-30 on the penalty kill after Washington went 0-for-4 on the powerplay.
POWER OUTAGE: At the same time, the Devils went 0-for-5 on the power play themselves, and surrendered a shorthanded goal to Chimera 2:27 into the third, which proved to the difference. The Capitals penalty killer managed to maneuver around Larsson and roof one by Martin Brodeur for the game-winner.
UP NEXT: Devils at Capitals, Saturday night, 7 p.m.