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NHL: Devils defeat Capitals to keep playoff hopes alive
First Published Apr 04 2014 09:37 pm • Last Updated Apr 04 2014 10:59 pm

Newark, N.J. • The New Jersey Devils know the odds are against them as they chase a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Their latest win preserved their chances.

Ryan Carter scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:54 remaining to lift the Devils to a 2-1 win over the Capitals on Friday night. New Jersey jumped ahead of Washington into 10th place in the East, just three points behind eighth-place Columbus with five games remaining.

At a glance

EASTERN CONFERENCE

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

y-Boston 77 52 18 7 111 246 165

y-Boston 77 52 18 7 111 246 165

y-Pittsburgh 77 49 23 5 103 237 191

x-Montreal 78 44 27 7 95 207 196

N.Y. Rangers 78 43 30 5 91 210 187

x-Tampa Bay 77 42 26 9 93 227 206

Philadelphia 76 39 28 9 87 213 213

Detroit 77 37 26 14 88 208 217

Columbus 77 39 31 7 85 215 207

Toronto 78 38 32 8 84 227 244

New Jersey 77 33 28 16 82 188 199

Washington 77 34 30 13 81 218 233

Carolina 77 34 32 11 79 195 212

Ottawa 77 32 31 14 78 223 259

N.Y. Islanders 76 31 35 10 72 212 250

Florida 78 27 43 8 62 185 256

Buffalo 77 21 47 9 51 148 229

WESTERN CONFERENCE

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

x-St. Louis 76 52 17 7 111 243 169

x-Anaheim 77 50 19 8 108 249 198

x-San Jose 78 49 20 9 107 239 189

x-Colorado 76 49 21 6 104 233 206

x-Chicago 78 44 19 15 103 255 205

x-Los Angeles 78 45 27 6 96 196 164

Minnesota 77 39 26 12 90 191 194

Phoenix 78 36 28 14 86 209 221

Dallas 76 37 28 11 85 220 216

Nashville 77 34 32 11 79 195 231

Vancouver 77 34 32 11 79 185 209

Winnipeg 78 34 34 10 78 216 230

Calgary 78 33 38 7 73 200 228

Edmonton 78 27 42 9 63 193 259

NOTE: Two points for win, one point for OT loss.

x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division

Friday’s Games

Edmonton 3, Phoenix 2, SO

Montreal 7, Ottawa 4

Chicago 4, Columbus 3

New Jersey 2, Washington 1

Detroit 3, Buffalo 2

Calgary 2, Florida 1

Nashville 5, Anaheim 2

Saturday’s Games

Philadelphia at Boston, 11 a.m.

Colorado at St. Louis, noon

Washington at N.Y. Islanders, 3 p.m.

Winnipeg at Toronto, 5 p.m.

Detroit at Montreal, 5 p.m.

Dallas at Tampa Bay, 5 p.m.

Ottawa at N.Y. Rangers, 5 p.m.

New Jersey at Carolina, 5 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Minnesota, 6 p.m.

Los Angeles at Vancouver, 8 p.m.

Nashville at San Jose, 8:30 p.m.

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"We gave ourselves a chance to stay relevant," Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. Tuomo Ruutu also scored for New Jersey, and Cory Schneider made 24 saves.

"It was the best win so far this season," the Devils’ Jaromir Jagr said. "We showed up as a team."

Alex Ovechkin scored for Washington, which lost its fifth straight. Jaroslav Halak stopped 29 shots.

On the game-winner, Carter was sprung by a leading pass from Marek Zidlicky, and he snapped a shot that eluded Halak.

"I saw the shot and it went in," Halak said. "Simple (as that). I don’t make the save. To me it was an easy shot and I let it in."




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