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Bill Kostroun, Associated Press
New Jersey Devils' Alexander Urbom, (33), of Sweden, scores a goal as Washington Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth, of the Czech Republic, can't make the save and Dmitri Orlov (81), of Russia, and Alex Ovechkin, right, of Russia, defend during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, in Newark, N.J.

NEWARK, N.J. — Ilya Kovalchuk and Patrik Elias scored in the shootout and Martin Brodeur made an outstanding glove save on Alex Ovechkin as the New Jersey Devils, after blowing a three-goal lead in the third period, beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 Friday night.

Kovalchuk had a goal and an assist in regulation and Alexander Urbom and Adam Henrique scored the other goals for the Devils, who won for the fifth time in six games.

Jason Chimera scored twice and Brooks Laich once for the Capitals in the third period.

Kovalchuk scored on a wrist shot in the shootout to give New Jersey the lead and Elias snapped one past Michal Neuvirth moments after Brodeur kept Washington off the board with a glove save on Ovechkin's bullet.