While blowing a three-goal third-period didn't thrill New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer, watching his team in the shootout put him in a lot better mood.
It usually has this season.
Ilya Kovalchuk and Patrik Elias scored in the shootout and Martin Brodeur made an outstanding glove save on Alex Ovechkin as the Devils beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 Friday night for their eighth shootout win in nine games.
''We make it interesting on ourselves,'' DeBoer said. ''Obviously not the way we wanted to play the third period. We did a lot of good things and got the win. Thankfully, we've got 40-plus games to clean up some little things.''
The shootout isn't one of them. Kovalchuk, who had a goal and an assist, Zach Parise and Elias give the Devils three skill players for the one-on-one stuff and Brodeur is still one of the toughest to beat in penalty shot situations.
''We have so many guys who can do it. We're confident in doing the shootout and we have confidence in our goalie,'' sai...