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Capitals score three in third to rally for 6-4 win over Devils

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Capitals score three in third to rally for 6-4 win over Devils

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Connor McMichael scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and Hunter Shepard made 18 saves in his NHL debut as the Washington Capitals rallied for a 6-4 win over the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night.

McMichael scored his second goal of the season at 2:09 of the third to put Washington ahead 5-4 after Dylan Strome tied the contest at 4 just 18 seconds into the final period on the power-play.

Alex Ovechkin added an empty net goal at 18:25, his second of the season and 824th of his NHL career.

Washington scored three times in the first, then the Devils scored four goals in the second before the Capitals scored three more in the third.

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After the two quick goals to start the third, Washington held on for its second win in six games as the 27-year-old Shepard - MVP of the Calder Cup playoffs last spring after leading the Hershey Bears to the AHL championship - overcame a rough second period.

Tyler Toffoli scored twice for New Jersey and Jack Hughes added three assists. Hughes leads the NHL in scoring with 17 points, including four goals.

Washington rolled to a 3-0 first-period lead on goals by Anthony Mantha, Strome and Sonny Milano.

Mantha opened the scoring at 6:37 with his first this season with an assist from Aliaksei Protas.

Strome made it 2-0 at 15:52, sliding the puck past Devils netminder Akira Schmid. Milano made it a three-goal margin at 17:28, assisted by T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Vitek Vanecek replaced Schmid after the first period. Schmid had five saves and Vanececk 14.

The momentum completely shifted in New Jersey's favor in the second as they erupted for four goals in less than six minutes.

Toffoli, who scored a hat trick in Tuesday's 5-2 win at Montreal, put New Jersey on the board at 4:31.

Timo Meier, last season's key trade deadline acquisition by the Devils, scored at 5:19 with assists to Jack Hughes and Toffoli before Devils captain Nico Hischier tied the game 3-3 at 6:42.

Toffoli then scored his sixth goal of the season at 10:01 with assists with Jack Hughes and his younger brother Luke to put New Jersey ahead 4-3.

The Capitals had managed only seven goals in their first five games before notching six goals on Wednesday.

UP NEXT:

Devils: Hosting Buffalo Sabres on Friday.

Capitals: Hosting Minnesota Wild on Friday.

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