Wings win, Devils fumble

2007-12-11 19:26:49 Xinhua English

BEIJING, Dec. 12 -- While the New Jersey Devils' points streak ended meekly, the Detroit Red Wings powered to their seventh straight win.

The Devils went home on Monday night without a point for the first time in 11 games, losing 2-3 to the young Washington Capitals.

"Our second period was brutal," Devils coach Brent Sutter said. "We had 18 brutal players in the second period. They left our goalie hung out."

The Devils lost for the second consecutive night after winning nine straight. They earned one point on Sunday during a 0-1 overtime defeat in New York against the Rangers. New Jersey hadn't been beaten in regulation since another 0-1 loss on November 16 to the New York Islanders.

The Red Wings jumped out to an early lead behind goals from Tomas Kopecky and Valterri Filppula, and beat the Nashville Predators 2-1 with strong penalty killing.

"I actually thought we were really ready to play," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "All in all, when you go through our lineup we had a lot of strong contributions against a good team. It was a good win for us."

(Source: Shanghai Daily)