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RECAP: Washington Capitals blast Devils as Alexander Ovechkin scores twice

Mar 26, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) dives to knock the puck away from New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) in front of goaltender Ilya Samsonov (30) during the second period at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 26, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) dives to knock the puck away from New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) in front of goaltender Ilya Samsonov (30) during the second period at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Alexander Ovechkin scored two more goals to continue his surge and the red-hot Washington Capitals cruised to a 4-0 victory over the visiting New Jersey Devils on Friday.

Ovechkin scored his 722nd goal early in the first period and his 723rd career goal late in the third to move within eight of Marcel Dionne for fifth on the all-time list. His two-goal night gave him 11 goals in his past 10 games as the Capitals improved to 9-1-0 over their past 10 contests and beat the Devils for the sixth time in as many meetings this season.

Nicklas Backstrom also scored in the first period for the Capitals, who also are on a 14-2-1 tear since a 4-1 home loss to the New York Rangers on Feb. 20.

Connor Sheary added a goal and an assist while Tom Wilson and Evgeny Kuznetsov collected two assists apiece in Washington’s second shutout of the season.

Washington goaltender Ilya Samsonov made 24 saves and notched his second career shutout.

The Devils dropped their second straight after winning four of their previous five games. New Jersey also was blanked for the first time this season.

New Jersey goaltender Scott Wedgewood allowed four goals on 31 shots

Ovechkin scored his first goal about three minutes after Jakub Vrana hit the post on a breakaway. He opened the scoring with a wrist shot from the right circle off a cross-ice feed from Kuznetsov, who got the puck after Ovechkin left a drop pass for him

Washington doubled the lead after the Devils were unable to clear the puck from the defensive zone when Backstrom lifted Wilson’s cross-ice feed over Wedgewood’s right pad.

The Capitals opened a three-goal lead 7:13 into the third following a turnover by New Jersey’s Mikhail Maltsev at his own blue line. Maltsev made an errant pass that was intercepted by Wilson and the puck quickly moved to Sheary, who skated in and scored on a wrist shot from the left circle.

Ovechkin finished it with 3:32 remaining by firing a one-timer from the left circle past Wedgewood.

–Field Level Media