Down two goals in the opening period, the New Jersey Devils didn't give up. Instead, they waited for their opportunities, exploited spotty defense and used their patented trap to make things miserable for the Washington Capitals.
David Clarkson scored in the fourth round of the shootout, after Johan Hedberg made a pad save on Nicklas Backstrom, and the Devils rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Capitals on Saturday night.
''It was a real gutsy effort in this building, down 2-0 to that team,'' coach Peter DeBoer said. ''To hold them to seven shots over the last 45 minutes, I thought it was a real gritty effort.''
Second-period goals by Petr Sykora and Ryan Carter got the Devils even in a game in which they had a 19-17 edge in shots after being outshot 9-8 in the opening period.
''It would have been easy to sit back, but the group of guys around here don't give up,'' Carter said. ''The second period was a statement for us. (We) sat back a little on our heels in the third, weathered...