On November 13, 1999, the Washington Capitals defeated the New Jersey Devils by a score of 4-2 at MCI Center.
Adam Oates got the Caps on the board first with a power play goal against New Jersey netminder Martin Brodeur. Calle Johansson and Dmitri Mironov were credited with assists on the Oates tally. The Devils edged the Caps in shots on goal in the opening frame, 9-8.
In the second period, New Jersey grabbed the lead on even strength goals by Jason Arnott at 5:31 and Randy McKay at 9:53. But the Devils’ lead was short-lived. Just 1:29 after McKay put Jersey in front, Mironov’s first goal of the season drew Washington even. Oates picked up a helper for his second point of the night. The Devils again edged Washington in shots on goal in the second period, 13-12.
At 2:48 of the third, Ken Klee’s second goal of the season gave Washington a lead it would not relinquish. Mironov and Andrei Nikolishin assisted on what would prove to be the game-winner. With 2:01 remaining in the game, New Jersey’s Petr Sykora was called for an inopportune holding violation. Already down a man, the Devils pulled Brodeur to even things out and give themselves a chance at the equalizer. Just one second before Sykora came back on the ice and two seconds before the buzzer, James Black iced it for the Caps with an empty-netter, his first goal of the season. BrendanWitt and Olaf Kolzig picked up the assists. For Kolzig, it was his first point of the season. The Devils outshot the Caps 12-10 in the third period and 34-30 on the evening.
With an assist and 32 saves, Kolzig was the choice for the game’s first star. A rare three-point night from Mironov earned him the second star. The Devils’ Patrik Elias - who had one assist - was the third star.
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