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NEWARK, N.J. — Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and three assists and the Washington Capitals knocked the surprising New Jersey Devils from the unbeaten ranks with a 5-2 victory Friday night.
T.J. Oshie had two goals and an assist, and Alex Ovechkin scored his ninth of the season and set up Backstrom's power-play tally to help Washington hand New Jersey its first loss in four games.
Jacub Vrana also scored for the Capitals, and Braden Holtby had 21 saves. Washington is 8-0-1 in its last nine games against New Jersey.
Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmieri scored for the Devils, who had surprised many with their quick start after finishing in the basement in the Eastern Conference last season. Cory Schneider made 23 saves, getting beat three times on the power play.
BLUE JACKETS 3, RANGERS 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Artemi Panarin and Seth Jones scored to rally Columbus past New York.
Panarin, acquired from Chicago in the
Lukas Sedlak added an empty-net goal, and Zach Werenski had two assists.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 37 saves for Columbus, allowing only Kevin Hayes' first-period goal.
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