The Washington Capitals kicked off their very long roadtrip with a loss to the unstoppable New Jersey Devils. The x-factor: former Capitals goalie Vitek Vanecek.
Despite Washington playing great in the first period, the lone goal belonged to Nico Hischier on the power play. Jack Hughes scored two spectacular goals in the second period — one a wraparound bank off Charlie Lindgren’s pads, the second a shortside snipe off his mask – making it 3-0 after forty minutes. Jack Hughes made it a hat trick in the third period, winning an odd-man rush.
John Carlson got a power-play goal, a monster slapshot from the blue line, momentarily teasing Vitek Vanecek’s mortality. Fabian Zetterlund snapped Jersey’s fifth goal of the game from a below-the-goal-line pass to make it 5-1.