The Devils won the first game on Thursday night in come from behind fashion after rallying in the third period to a 3-2 victory. On Saturday afternoon, Washington was led by an Alexander Ovechkin hat trick in a resounding 5-1 win over New Jersey. It was Ovechkin's first hat trick in over two years.
Washington came into the game with an 0-7-1 record against the top eight teams in the Eastern Conference, and 5-10-1 overall, good for only 11 points, the fewest in the 30-team league, but desperation hockey helped them pull out the win on Saturday and stay in the hunt.
The Devils fell to 10-4-4 after the loss and have lost three of their last four games, one which came in a shootout, and are just 2-3-1 over the last two weeks following a five-game winning streak that culminated with a sweep of a home-and-home series with Pittsburgh two weekends ago. Martin Brodeur got the day off on Saturday as Johan Hedberg got another road start. Hedberg has now allowed ten goals in his last two games.
New Jersey will return to Prudential Center on Sunday afternoon for a meeting with the Winnipeg Jets in a 5 p.m. face-off. Martin Brodeur will be back in net and looks to get the team back on a winning streak.