New Jersey (6-7-2) at Washington (6-9-0)

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  • Game info: 1:00 pm EST Fri Nov 11, 2005
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Alexander Ovechkin may be just 20 years old, but he’s playing well beyond his years.

The rookie looks to continue his torrid goal-scoring pace when the Washington Capitals host the slumping New Jersey Devils.

Ovechkin, the first overall pick in the 2004 draft, scored two goals Sunday in a 5-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in the front end of a home-and-home series. He added two more goals Tuesday in Washington’s 6-4 loss to the Leafs.

Ovechkin has five multiple-goal efforts in his first 15 NHL games and leads all rookies with 12 goals.

His second goal Tuesday came at 9:16 of the third period to cut the deficit to 5-3, but Carlo Colaiacovo scored at 14:03 to cap Toronto’s four-goal period.

“We came here to win, the first period we played well, but Toronto won the third,” Ovechkin said.

Olaf Kolzig was beaten five times on 32 shots before being replaced by Brent Johnson in the third.

Kolzig has allowed nine goals in his last two games after giving up just seven in his previous three.

Against the Devils, Kolzig is 14-13-2 in his career, including 8-5-1 at home.

The Devils have lost four straight games for the first time since Nov. 13-18, 2001, when they were in the midst of a seven-game winless skid. They haven’t lost five consecutive since a six-game losing streak from Nov. 2-14, 2000, the year they finished with a franchise-record 111 points and lost in the Stanley Cup finals to the Colorado Avalanche.

New Jersey is uncertain if they’ll be getting back goaltender Martin Brodeur, who has missed the last six games due to a sprained right knee suffered Oct. 26 in a 6-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Rookie Scott Clemmensen is 0-2-2 since winning his first two starts in Brodeur’s absence.

Clemmensen stopped just 16 shots in Tuesday’s 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders, and he took the blame for putting his team in a 2-0 hole midway through the first period.

“It was a bad bounce on the first one, a bad goal by me on the second,” Clemmensen said. “From there, it was uphill the whole way.”

Vladimir Malakhov had the lone goal for a Devils offense that has scored three goals or fewer in 11 of 15 games this season.

“We need to get more contributions from everybody,” coach Larry Robinson said. “This was a night I thought the Islanders were as fragile as we were. We had the chance but we gave up a couple of bad goals.”

STANDINGS (through Nov. 10): Devils - 14 points, 4th place (tied), 9 PB, Atlantic Division. Capitals - 12 points, 4th place, 11 PB, Southeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Devils - Brian Gionta, 9 goals and 14 points; Alexander Mogilny and Sean Brown, 8 assists; Jamie Langenbrunner, 22 PIM. Capitals - Ovechkin, 12 goals and 17 points; Steve Eminger, 8 assists; Chris Clark, 32 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 10): Devils - Power play: 19.0 percent (16 for 84), 14th in NHL. Penalty killing: 83.9 percent (73 for 87), 10th (tied). Capitals - Power play: 12.5 percent (11 for 88), 29th. Penalty killing: 78.0 percent (96 for 123), 27th.

GOALTENDERS: Devils - Clemmensen (2-2-2, 0 SO, 3.32 GAA); Brodeur (4-5-0, 3.61). Capitals - Kolzig (6-7-0, 3.78); Johnson (0-2-0, 6.34).

2003-04 SEASON SERIES: Devils, 2-1-1-0.

LAST MEETING: Feb. 19, 2004; Capitals, 3-1. At Washington, Kolzig made 43 saves and Matt Pettinger scored a power-play goal with 3:47 remaining in the second period to put the Caps ahead to stay.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Devils - 2-3-1 on the road; Capitals - 5-3-0 at home.

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