Capitals Beat Devils, Extending Win Streak to 7 Games

Capitals Beat Devils, Extending Win Streak to 7 Games
Capitals Beat Devils, Extending Win Streak to 7 Games

Tom Wilson scored again before being ejected, Nicklas Backstrom had a hat trick and the Washington Capitals beat the Devils, 6-3, on Friday night to extend the defending Stanley Cup champions’ winning streak to seven games.

Wilson scored his seventh goal in nine games since coming back from a lengthy suspension, extending his career-best goal streak to five games and his point streak to seven. The short-handed goal gives Wilson 13 points, but a hit on the Devils’ Brett Seney late in the second period put him back in the spotlight for the wrong reason.

After Seney released the puck and it had gone into the corner late in the second period, Wilson skated up from behind and hit him with his left shoulder. Wilson was assessed a match penalty for an illegal check to the head, which carries with it an automatic suspension that the N.H.L. must review before deciding to rescind it.

Wilson, who was given a 20-game suspension that was reduced to 14 for an illegal check to the head in the preseason finale, could avoid being suspended this time. After review, it appeared he did not make principal contact to Seney’s head, and it did not look like a predatory play. The Devils forward returned at the start of the third.

Backstrom had a hat trick for the first time since Dec. 13, 2014, and added an assist for a four-point game. Andre Burakovsky also scored for Washington, which got 33 saves from Braden Holtby, including two on breakaways by Seney and another on former Capitals forward Marcus Johansson.

After the Devils got within one goal in the final two minutes, Alex Ovechkin scored an empty-netter, his 626th goal, which put him into sole possession of 15th on the N.H.L.’s all-time list, and Backstrom completed the hat trick with his own empty-netter.

Travis Zajac, Nico Hischier and Johansson scored, and Keith Kinkaid allowed four goals on 29 shots for the Devils, who have lost four in a row and six of seven.

The Devils will return home to host the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday, while the Capitals will try to extend their winning streak to eight against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.

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