The Capitals chased the red hot New Jersey Devils and their starting goaltender home on Verizon Center ice, taking two points from their Metropolitan rivals in the 6-2 win. Braden Holtby outplayed Cory Schneider at home, the Capitals goaltender setting the defensive precedent early in the first period. Washington's secondary scoring came to life as the Capitals breezed their way through the game's second half. Look for our full recap tomorrow morning, but first, Thursday night's Plus/Minus:
- Plus: Washington laid it on thick in the third period and displayed a killer instinct that wasn't seen regularly last season. The three tallies, including Nicklas Backstrom's less than a minute into the frame, put both Cory Schneider and the Devils bench away for good.
- Minus: For the second consecutive game the Capitals afforded an opposing defenseman two first period goals, which is probably contrary to Barry Trotz's preachings before puck drop. Maybe the wingers need to be closer to the points or Holtby sharper through traffic, but they've made Matt Irwin and Damon Severson look like Norris candidates in back-to-back starts.
Our "Moment of Zen" First Star: