The Washington Capitals’ first game of 2022 was mostly a stinker. Hosting the New Jersey Devils for an afternooner, most of the Caps didn’t really seem prepared for this one. But that’s not the whole story.
The Devils scored two goals in 75 seconds, one a rebound from Sharangovich, the other a brilliant cross-ice pass to Severson. John Carlson took a drop pass to make it 2-1 at the end of the first period, but Nico Hischier’s deflection early in the second period but the Caps back in their two-goal hole.
With just under seven minutes in regulation, Nic Dowd teamed up with Hathaway and Hagelin to bring the Caps within striking distance. Then Devils goalie Mackenzie Blackwood made a misplay that allowed Lars Eller to set up an alley oop for Conor Sheary, tying the game at three after regulation.
The Devils won it in overtime. Caps lose.