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Devils Top Caps in OT

  • New Jersey Devils' Stephen Gionta, right, celebrates his goal with Jacob Josefson, of Sweden, left, during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    New Jersey Devils' Stephen Gionta, right, celebrates his goal with Jacob Josefson, of Sweden, left, during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • New Jersey Devils' Stephen Gionta, right, celebrates his goal with Jacob Josefson, of Sweden, left, during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    New Jersey Devils' Stephen Gionta, right, celebrates his goal with Jacob Josefson, of Sweden, left, during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • Washington Capitals  Joey Crabb (15) chases the puck with New Jersey Devils' Henrik Tallinder, of Sweden (7)  during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Washington Capitals Joey Crabb (15) chases the puck with New Jersey Devils' Henrik Tallinder, of Sweden (7) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • Washington Capitals  Joey Crabb (15) chases the puck with New Jersey Devils' Henrik Tallinder, of Sweden (7)  during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Washington Capitals Joey Crabb (15) chases the puck with New Jersey Devils' Henrik Tallinder, of Sweden (7) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • New Jersey Devils' Patrik Elias, right, of Czech Republic, scores a goal past Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth, bottom, of Czech Republic, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    New Jersey Devils' Patrik Elias, right, of Czech Republic, scores a goal past Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth, bottom, of Czech Republic, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • New Jersey Devils' Patrik Elias, right, of Czech Republic, scores a goal past Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth, bottom, of Czech Republic, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    New Jersey Devils' Patrik Elias, right, of Czech Republic, scores a goal past Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth, bottom, of Czech Republic, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • New Jersey Devils' Stephen Gionta, right, celebrates his goal with Jacob Josefson, of Sweden, left, during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
  • New Jersey Devils' Stephen Gionta, right, celebrates his goal with Jacob Josefson, of Sweden, left, during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
  • Washington Capitals  Joey Crabb (15) chases the puck with New Jersey Devils' Henrik Tallinder, of Sweden (7)  during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
  • Washington Capitals  Joey Crabb (15) chases the puck with New Jersey Devils' Henrik Tallinder, of Sweden (7)  during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
  • New Jersey Devils' Patrik Elias, right, of Czech Republic, scores a goal past Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth, bottom, of Czech Republic, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
  • New Jersey Devils' Patrik Elias, right, of Czech Republic, scores a goal past Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth, bottom, of Czech Republic, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Newark, n.j. — Ilya Kovalchuk scored 4:39 into overtime, and the New Jersey Devils won their third straight game to start the lockout-shortened season, 3-2 over the winless Washington Capitals last night.

Kovalchuk took a pass from defenseman Marek Zidlicky low in the left circle and beat Michal Neuvirth, who was outstanding in overtime. Neuvirth made seven saves, most on a New Jersey power play.

Stephen Gionta and Patrik Elias scored for New Jersey, which is off to its first 3-0 start since the 2002-03 season, the last time the Devils won the Stanley Cup.

Mike Ribeiro and Mike Green scored for Washington in the final 7:15 of regulation to force overtime. The Capitals (0-3-1) became the last NHL team to earn a point this season.

Hurricanes 3, Sabres 1

Buffalo, n.y. — Jay Harrison scored the go-ahead goal with 4:50 left, helping Carolina to a win over Buffalo.

Harrison fired a slap shot from the right point after Eric Staal won the faceoff, and the puck beat Buffalo’s Ryan Miller on the short side.

Alexander Semin tied it for the Hurricanes early in the third period, and Jeff Skinner scored an empty-net goal for Carolina, which has won two straight games.

Dan Ellis made 40 saves in his first start for the Hurricanes.

Lightning 6, Senators 4

Tampa, Fla. — Ryan Malone scored a pair of third-period goals as Tampa Bay beat Ottawa.

Malone deflected Sami Salo’s blue-line slap shot at 3:39 of the third that pulled the Lightning even at 4. Tampa Bay took a 5-4 lead when the left wing scored from the low left-circle with 7:02 to play.

Red Wings 5, Wild 3

Detroit — Henrik Zetterberg snapped a tie midway through the second period, and Todd Bertuzzi scored his second goal of the game early in the third to lift Detroit over Minnesota.

Pavel Datsyuk, who assisted on Zetterberg’s goal, put Detroit ahead by two late in the second period. Datsyuk also set up Bertuzzi on his second goal that gave the Red Wings a 5-2 lead.

Zach Parise’s second goal of the game banked in off Zetterberg to pull the Wild within two midway through the third period.

Jimmy Howard made 23 saves for the Red Wings.