The Capitals were one play away from beating the Devils. Instead they lost their fifth straight.
Capitals coach Adam Oates said, "two goals on the road should be enough, and we just didn't score enough."
The Capitals could have moved within two points of the Blue Jackets in the wild-card race. Instead, they are four back with five to play.
With the window of opportunity closing and a playoff berth slipping away, the Capitals fell to New Jersey, 2-1, on Friday night. Analysis here.