Rapid Reaction: Devils 3, Capitals 2 (SO)

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WHAT IT MEANS: An unlikely hero emerged to give the Devils a big road victory. David Clarkson scored the decisive game-winner in the fourth round of the shootout, and the Devils beat the Capitals 3-2 Saturday night at the Verizon Center. New Jersey had to rally from a two-goal deficit to improve to 8-6-1 overall. Zach Parise also scored in the shootout for New Jersey, while Alex Ovechkin tallied in the shootout for Washington (10-4-1).

ABOUT TIME: Ryan Carter's first goal as a Devil tied the game at 2 late in the second period. The third-line center redirected a pass from Bryce Salvador in the high slot with 1:06 left in the middle frame.

DEJA VU: All three of Petr Sykora's goals this season have taken on the same form: Patrik Elias wins the faceoff and Sykora whips a quick snap shot and scores. The only difference on Saturday night was that Dainus Zubrus touched a soft pass back to Sykora after Elias won the draw. The marker at 12:18 of the second put the Devils on the board.

ON PACE FOR 82: Elias' secondary assist on Sykora's goal gave him points in seven straight games. He now has 15 points in 15 games this season.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Rookie defenseman Adam Larsson turned 19 on Saturday. He scored his first NHL goal on Friday night.

ROOKIE MISTAKE: Adam Henrique's foolish pass in his own zone was intercepted by Troy Brouwer, who moved in all alone and beat Johan Hedberg (15 saves) 6:30 into the first to give Washington a 1-0 lead.

NO-MAN-ADVANTAGE: In two games against the Capitals, the Devils went 0-for-10 on the power play. Clearly, they miss Ilya Kovalchuk's presence. After giving up shorthanded goals in their previous two games, the Devils put two defensemen on both points.

ON A POSITIVE NOTE: Washington went 0-for-9 on the power play the last two games, as the Devils' penalty kills continues to be fantastic.

UP NEXT: Devils at Bruins, 7 p.m. Tuesday.