Devils goalie Martin Brodeur knew there was trouble coming.

The Capitals had pulled goalie Braden Holtby and were threatening to tie the game with a minute remaining. Out of the corner of his eye, Brodeur saw Alex Ovechkin in the left circle waiting for a cross-ice pass.

But when the pass came to Ovechkin, Brodeur was ready.

“Yes. When we had that little breakdown and couldn’t clear the puck I kind of saw Ovehckin wide open there,” Brodeur recalled. “I don’t know who made the pass to him. I saw that somebody was coming down the pipe, too.”

That was Mike Ribeiro.

“(Ovechkin) kind of turned his body, so I knew from that angle he couldn’t really shoot so he went back (to Ribeiro),” Brodeur said. “Lucky enough he missed the net. And broke the glass.”

Brodeur had Ovechkin all the way.

“I went right to him first,” the goalie said. “I kind of read that he was not going to shoot.”

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David Clarkson avoided a serious right wrist injury in the second period and missed very little time after going to the dressing room.

“When I went into the boards my hand kind of got caught there. That’s all that was,” Clarkson said. “I was facing the boards when the guy hit me. I played the rest of the game, so…”