Devils suffer first loss after Jack Hughes goes on IR

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Daniel Sprong acceptable up the Capitals’ archetypal extremity and scored connected a second-period breakaway to pb Washington to a 4-1 triumph implicit the New Jersey Devils connected Thursday nighttime astatine Prudential Center successful Newark.

Anthony Mantha, Dmitry Orlov and Evgeny Kuznetsov besides scored arsenic the Capitals (3-0-1) handed New Jersey (2-1) its archetypal nonaccomplishment of the season. Alex Ovechkin had his three-game extremity streak snapped but helium had an assistance connected Orlov’s goal.

The Devils enactment halfway Jack Hughes connected the injured database earlier successful the day. The No. 1 wide prime successful the 2019 dislocated his near enarthrosis against Seattle connected Tuesday. No clip framework was fixed for his return. The squad said country is not planned astatine this time.

Vitek Vanecek had 24 saves for Washington, losing his shutout bid connected a power-play extremity by Janne Kuokkanen with 6:42 to play.

Scott Wedgewood tin  lone  look   connected  aft  the Capitals observe  Evgeny Kuznetsov's (92) extremity   during the Devils' 4-1 nonaccomplishment   to the Capitals.Scott Wedgewood lone tin look connected aft the Capitals observe Evgeny Kuznetsov’s (92) extremity during the Devils’ 4-1 nonaccomplishment to the Capitals.AP

Scott Wedgewood, who was successful extremity due to the fact that Jonathan Bernier and Mackenzie Blackwood are sidelined, made 23 saves successful his archetypal commencement of the season.

The Capitals got 2 shots past Wedgewood successful the opening 9:33. Sprong acceptable up the archetypal 1 astatine 4:14 with his persistence. Carrying the puck up the close helping to the little circle, his archetypal centering walk was blocked down the extremity line. He retrieved the puck and recovered Mantha each unsocial successful beforehand for his 2nd extremity of the season.

Orlov got his archetypal extremity aft Wedgewood gave up a agelong rebound connected a straight-on changeable from Ovechkin. Orlov collected the puck, skated toward the mediate of the crystal and backhanded the puck precocious into the net.

Sprong pushed the pb to 3-0 midway done the 2nd period, poking the puck past Devils defenseman Dougie Hamilton astatine the blueline and skating the magnitude of the crystal earlier beating Wedgewood betwixt the pads for his archetypal goal.

Kuznetsov, who scored 2 goals successful Washington’s triumph implicit Colorado connected Tuesday, got his 3rd successful adjacent aft a Devils’ turnover. And Kuokkanen scored connected a changeable from the interior borderline of the close circle.