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Parise, Clemmensen lead Devils to 6-5 shootout win over Capitals

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Parise, Clemmensen lead Devils to 6-5 shootout win over Capitals

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NEWARK, N.J. - Zach Parise scored the only goal in the shootout, Scott Clemmensen stopped all three Washington shooters and the New Jersey Devils ended a four-game losing streak with a 6-5 victory over the Capitals on Saturday night.

After Parise, New Jersey's first shooter, beat Jose Theodore with a deke, Clemmensen secured the win with saves on Viktor Kozlov, Alex Ovechkin and Boyd Gordon.

In regulation, Patrik Elias scored twice and David Clarkson, Jamie Langenbrunner and Brian Gionta added goals as New Jersey gained a split of the home-and-home series following the Capitals 3-1 win on Friday night in Washington.

Ovechkin sent the game into overtime with his second goal of the game, coming with a second remaining in regulation. In a wild goalmouth scramble, the puck came right to Ovechkin, who was all alone to the left of the wide-open Devils net. He slammed the puck home before racing to Capitals' bench for a raucous celebration.

A video review confirmed that the puck crossed the goal line before time expired.

Washington's five-game winning streak came to an end. The Capitals also got goals from Tomas Fleischmann Viktor Kozlov and Nicklas Backstrom, who had four assists.

Washington led 2-1 after one on goals by Fleischmann and Ovechkin.

After Clarkson staked New Jersey to the lead 1:09 into the game, Fleischmann rifled a power-play goal from the right dot past Clemmensen at 6:59.

Ovechkin extended his goal-scoring streak to four with just under a minute left, deflecting Tyler Sloan's point shot.

In the second, Kozlov scored with 3:17 remaining to knot the game at 3 after Langenbrunner and Elias gave the Devils the lead.

Langenbrunner pulled New Jersey even with a shot from the high slot 41 second into the period. Elias put New Jersey up 3-2, poking in a power-play goal at 3:27. Theodore was slow to get up after the score following a collision with Travis Zajac who was crosschecked into the crease by Washington defenceman Brooks Laich.

Theodore shook it off, making a brilliant stop later the period on Parise's wraparound attempt. Theodore dove across the goalmouth, sticking away Parise's bid.

Kozlov then provided the equalizer following a faceoff stalemate between John Madden and Backstrom in the right circle. The puck barely budged, allowing Kozlov to alertly step in and drill a shot past Clemmensen.

The teams traded goals in the third with Elias giving the Devils a 4-3 lead at 6:06 only to have Backstrom pull the Capitals even at 8:11. Gionta scored for the Devils at 11:40, a goal that looked like the winner until Ovechkin connected as time expired.

Washington played without NHL scoring leader Alexander Semin. He missed the third period Friday with an undisclosed upper-body injury.

Notes: The Devils played their third game in a span of four nights. ... Michael Nylander, struggling with only one point in the previous seven games, returned for Washington after sitting Friday as a healthy scratch. ... Brian Rolston, New Jersey's top off-season free-agent signing, had a setback in the recovery from a high ankle sprain and has stopped skating.

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