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QuickCap: One Gift, One Goal, One Loss as Caps lose to Devils, 1-0

All it took was one, and that one was a gift. Unfortunately for Caps fans, it was Washington doing the giving and the Devils happily taking advantage.

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The Capitals and Devils went almost 50 minutes without a goal scored, but then Braden Holtby presented Mike Cammalleri with a gift, and Cammalleri made the Caps pay for the game's only goal into an open net.  It was an otherwise very even game in just about every other statistic.  The difference was that it was a slow, hard slog, which suited the visitors just fine.  For the Caps, their modest three-game winning streak ended.

  • Plus: Neutral Zone Discipline.  The Devils try to lull teams into making ill-timed, risky passes in the neutral zone so that they can counterpunch.  For the most part, the Caps avoided that trap, disciplining themselves into playing a north-south game up and down the walls.  The Devils had a decent volume of shots, but there were few opportunities in transition off Caps' mistakes in the neutral zone.
  • Minus: Power play.  Let's face it, if you come into the game with the league's second-ranked power play and face the league's worst penalty killing unit, you expect the power play to light the lamp, perhaps often.  The Caps had eight shots in eight minutes of power play time, none of them from Alex Ovechkin as goalie Cory Schneider and the Devils were perfect in four shorthanded situations.

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