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Greene, Devils rally past Capitals 5-4 in overtime

Saturday - 12/21/2013, 10:50pm  ET

New Jersey Devils defenseman Andy Greene (6) hits the game-winning goal as it bounces off Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) with defenseman John Carlson (74) defending in the overtime period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, in Washington. The Devils won 5-4 in overtime. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

HARVEY VALENTINE

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Andy Greene scored 43 seconds into overtime, Marek Zidlicky had two goals and the New Jersey Devils rallied past the Washington Capitals 5-4 Saturday night.

Greene knocked the rebound of a shot by Jaromir Jagr past Braden Holtby for the game-winner. Greene also had two assists.

Jagr scored his 13th goal and added two assists. Dainius Zubrus had a goal and an assist for New Jersey, which trailed 3-1 after two periods.

Alex Ovechkin scored his 30th goal and Joel Ward had a goal and an assist for Washington. Jason Chimera and Mikhail Grabovski also scored for Washington and Martin Erat had two assists.

Martin Brodeur made 18 saves for the Devils, who lost in overtime to Anaheim on Friday night.

Holtby finished with 32 saves in the first meeting of the season between Metropolitan Division rivals.

Jagr, on a power play, and Ovechkin traded third-period goals three minutes apart. Zidlicky pulled the Devils within 4-3 when he beat Holtby from the slot at 9:21.

New Jersey tied it when Travis Zajac intercepted Holtby's clearing attempt and fed in front to Zubrus, who poked it home at 11:47.

Both teams were playing the second of back-to-back games and there was little action early on.

Brodeur made several good stops during a Washington power play midway through the period. New Jersey got the man advantage when Tom Wilson went off for high-sticking at 10:52.

Less than a minute later Greene fed Zidlicky in the left circle and Zidlicky one-timed a drive past Holtby on the short side to make it 1-0. It was New Jersey's first shot on goal.

The Devils tested Holtby several times early in the second period, but he kept the deficit at one.

Chimera finally tied it at the 10:07 mark when he came around the back of the net and tried to stuff the puck home. Brodeur made the initial save, but Chimera poked the loose puck past him.

Grabovski gave Washington the lead at 14:38 of the period with his 10th of the year, off a feed from Eric Fehr in the left circle.

The Capitals went ahead 3-1 with 45 seconds left in the period. They skated in three on two and Mike Green fired from the right side. Brodeur made the save, but it went right to Ward who put it past him for his 11th of the season.

NOTES: Ovechkin has scored 30 or more goals in nine straight seasons. ... Jagr extended his points streak to seven games with a first period assist. ... The Devils were without C Andrei Loktionov (illness) and RW Damien Brunner (knee), who was injured Friday against Anaheim. ... Olympic swimming gold medalist Michael Phelps was in attendance.


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