Palmieri scores 2, Kinkaid stops 21, Devils rout Capitals


NEWARK, N.J. — Kyle Palmieri scored twice and Keith Kinkaid made 21 saves as the New Jersey Devils celebrated their home opener Thursday night with a 6-0 victory over the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.

Marcus Johansson, Blake Coleman, Jean-Sebastien Dea and Brian Boyle also scored for the Devils who are off to a 2-0-0 start. It was a rare victory for New Jersey in the series. Washington was 14-1-2 in the previous 17 meetings.

Pheonix Copley stopped 30 shots in his Capitals’ debut.

The Devils’ defence did an outstanding job stifling the Capitals, who had scored 18 goals in the first three games.

Palmieri scored twice in the first period to stake the Devils to a 2-0 lead. The Devils had the better jump at the start, outshooting the Capitals 13-6 over the first 20 minutes.

Washington, playing back-to-back after an emotional 5-2 win over Vegas on Wednesday in a rematch of the Stanley Cup final, started a step slow and New Jersey capitalized.

Palmieri put the Devils on the board at 7:02 on a shot that glanced off his skate in a goalmouth scramble.

His second goal was a power-play drive from the top of the right circle at 18:33. That gave Palmieri four goals in his first four periods of the season. It was also the 16th time he has scored at least two goals in a game.

Hopes for a Washington rally in the second were quickly dashed when Johansson scored against his former team 2:54 into the period. His shot from the blue line found the net behind a badly screened Copley.

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Source:: Sportsnet.ca

      

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