Vince Carter honored as part of NJKTS through 2024 as Devils fall 3-1 to Capitals

KNYC, NJ — Kevin Shesterkin scored his first NHL goal with 5:31 left and the Washington Capitals ended their four-game road losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday…

Vince Carter honored as part of NJKTS through 2024 as Devils fall 3-1 to Capitals

KNYC, NJ — Kevin Shesterkin scored his first NHL goal with 5:31 left and the Washington Capitals ended their four-game road losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night.

The Nationals would be proud.

T.J. Oshie and Derick Brassard also scored and Braden Holtby stopped 37 shots as the Capitals (1-4-1) won for the first time on the road and ended a string of 11 straight regulation road losses.

Jesper Bratt scored his first goal as a Devil with 4:01 remaining. Taylor Hall and Cory Schneider had assists on Bratt’s 11th goal of the season, giving Hall 48 points in his first season with New Jersey.

Holtby improved to 7-0-0 in his career against the Devils, who fell to 1-4-1 at home.

Devils’ losing streak reaches four

John Tavares missed his second straight game with an upper-body injury suffered in a 4-3 shootout loss at Winnipeg on Thursday. Five of New Jersey’s last six games have been decided by one goal.

Bracken Kearns, a surprise addition to the Devils’ lineup because of injuries, appeared in his third straight game and fifth overall this season. He played just 20 seconds and did not see a shot in his return to the NHL.

In addition to Bratt’s goal, the Devils outshot the Capitals 18-13 in the first period.

Bracken Kearns is replacing John Hynes in Jersey — except when it comes to games | From the 🎙s.

Don’t miss it on WUSA9. @2DCHawks pic.twitter.com/kDSRZkjHxd — WHCU Sports (@WHCU_Sports) September 23, 2018

Shesterkin, who played the first eight games of the season for Washington before being sent to Washington’s AHL affiliate in Hershey, capped a relentless offensive shift by the Capitals. Chris Wagner and Brooks Orpik cleared the Devils’ zone but then Leivo and Shesterkin found the right puck for the 43-year-old Devils’ playoff hero, who had one goal and 10 assists in 58 career regular-season games.

Shesterkin snapped a tight-angle shot under the crossbar to give the Capitals a 2-1 lead with his first goal of the season and first in 301 games since Nov. 1, 2010, with the Thrashers. He played eight games for the Islanders and played five total with the Canadiens, Maple Leafs and Devils.

Oshie pushed the lead to 3-1 with his second goal in two games and ninth of the season, making it 2-1 at 2:14 of the third period.

Braden Holtby will be the Washington Capitals goalie for tonight’s game against the New Jersey Devils. #WECOlive pic.twitter.com/uMR02LQLpy — Washington Capitals (@Capitals) September 22, 2018

UP NEXT

Capitals: At the New York Islanders on Monday night.

Devils: Host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.

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