Game 16 Review: Jose, Jose, Jose....

Cheryl NicholsContributor INovember 17, 2008


The Washington Capitals handed the New Jersey Devils their fourth straight loss. The RED HOT Caps beat the Devils 3-1 with Jose Theodore protecting the net in his first start in nearly two weeks.

Jose had a great night and the only puck to get by him against his 32 saves was a late breakaway goal in the third period. Alexander Semin left the game late in the second period with an undisclosed injury. The team said his status is day-to-day.


The Caps scored first and led all night. Brooks Laich scored his fourth goal with a power play tip-in goal in the first period assisted by Ovechkin and Green.

The last three goals of the night were the fifth goal of the season for each player. Thomas Fleischmann scored with a snap shot goal assisted by Kozlov and Green in the second period.

The other two goals came in the third period with the first of the two by the Devils with a wrist shot goal by Patrik Elias assisted by Gionta and Oduya. The Caps closed out the night with Alex Ovechkin adding an empty-net goal in the final 20 seconds of the game assisted by Backstrom and Laich.


There were only a total of six minutes of penalties for the entire game. Fleischmann got two minutes for holding, Kozlov got two minutes for high-sticking and Vrana from the Devils had two minutes for too many men on the ice. There were no penalties in the third period.


Kozlov's assist on Fleischmann's goal was his 500th career point.


1. T. Fleischmann - WAS (Goals: 1, Assists: 0)
2. J. Theodore - WAS (Saves: 32, Save Pct: .970)
3. P. Elias - NJ (Goals: 1, Assists: 0)


Saturday, November 15th against the very same NJ Devils in NJ which will be the only time this season Washington plays the same opponent in back-to-back games.