Jagr, Devils rally past Capitals 5-4 in overtime

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 21, 2013 at 10:11 pm •  Published: December 21, 2013
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The season isn't quite half over, and already New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer might be running out ways to praise about Jaromir Jagr.

Jagr had a goal and two assists, Andy Greene scored 43 seconds into overtime and Marek Zidlicky had two goals as the Devils rallied past the Washington Capitals 5-4 Saturday night.

"He amazes me every night I come to the rink," DeBoer said of the 41-year-old forward. "I don't have a lot more adjectives to describe him, but he's a pleasure to work with."

It was Jagr's 13th goal of the season and career No. 694, moving him into a tie with Mark Messier for seventh all-time.

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

"I honestly can't remember the last overtime goal I scored," Greene said.

Dainius Zubrus had a goal and an assist for New Jersey, which trailed 3-1 after two periods.

"I think everyone's surprised we came back (but) I think the least surprised guys are in our room," DeBoer said. "I think they felt confident all night they could still make a game of it."

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

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

"Today, I felt like we were playing very good hockey the first two periods, and I look at the scoreboard and we were down 3-1," Jagr said. "That was kind of tough to swallow, but we got some lucky bounces in the third period, and tied the game and went into overtime again.

"I thought we responded very well when we were down two goals, and it's a big win for us," he said.

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

"They are a relentless team. They kept coming," Capitals coach Adam Oates said. "We made a couple of mistakes."

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.



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