Devils outman Caps with three power-play goals

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jerseys Devils resurrected
their power play with hard work in front of the Washington Capitals

The Devils, only 5-for-24 on the power play in their previous
five games, got all three goals on the power play in Saturday's 3-2
win. Grant Marshall scored the game-winner late in the second

Martin Brodeur made 18 saves for the Devils, who beat the
Capitals 4-3 Friday in the home-and-home series.

"Our main goal is to get in front of the net and get some pucks
through," Marshall said "We have to battle hard in front and keep
chipping away."

Vladimir Malakhov and Jamie Langenbrunner also scored for the
Devils who, at times, have frustrated coach Larry Robinson by
trying for the fancy play with the man advantage.

"If we have people in front of the net for rebounds, we have a
better chance of scoring," Robinson said. "The pretty plays don't
always work."

Matt Bradley and Brian Sutherby scored for the Capitals, who
lost their third straight.

After Washington rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie the score,
the Devils took the lead at 15:17 of the second period when
Marshall scored from the slot on a feed from Scott Gomez.

The Capitals were penalized five times in the first period, but
gave up only one goal. Malakhov scored at 13:27, with New Jersey
holding a five-on-three advantage, on a point shot past Brent

Washington outshot New Jersey 8-7 in the period despite a 5-to-1
disadvantage in power plays.

"It seemed during the first period, they got deep into our
penalty kills and that makes the guys tired," Johnson said. "It
was rough to go through that in the first period, but we came

In the second, Langenbrunner gave the Devils a 2-0 lead at 2:52.
Johnson blocked Brian Gionta's tip shot, but the puck rolled
through the crease and Langenbrunner swatted it into the net.

Bradley and Sutherby combined on the next two goals as the
Capitals pulled even.

Sutherby left a drop pass for Bradley in the left circle and he
used Devils defenseman Colin White as a screen to beat Brodeur at

Bradley returned the favor as he fed a cross-ice pass to
Sutherby in the right circle. Brodeur came out to block the initial
shot, but was out of position as Sutherby flipped in the rebound at

Brodeur, starting on consecutive days after missing six games
with a sprained right knee, had an easy third period as the Devils
limited the Capitals to only two shots.

"That's New Jersey hockey," Capitals coach Glen Hanlon said.
"They get a lead on you and they can shut it down. They've done it
for a lot of years."

NOTES:@ The Devils shuffled minor-league right wings from their
Albany (AHL) affiliate. New Jersey called up Barry Tallackson and
sent down Cam Janssen...Capitals G Olie Kolzig missed a second
straight game with a hamstring injury...Devils RW Alexander Mogilny
was scratched after suffering a concussion in the Friday afternoon
game...Malakhov appeared in his 700th game.