WASHINGTON (AP) Nicklas Backstrom and John Carlson had a goal and two assists each, Alex Ovechkin had three assists and the Washington Capitals beat the New Jersey Devils 5-2 on Saturday night to move atop the Metropolitan Division.
Braden Holtby stopped 25 shots as Washington won its eighth straight home game. Christian Djoos had a goal and an assist, and Tom Wilson and Matt Niskanen also scored for the Capitals.
New Jersey had gone eight games without a regulation loss. John Moore scored ate in the first period and Travis Zajac midway through the third. Corey Schneider stopped 30 shots.
Marcus Johansson played in his first game as a visitor in Washington after seven seasons with the Capitals and assisted on both goals. >> Read more
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- 2:26 WAS Tom Wilson; Assists: Christian Djoos, John Carlson
- 11:09 WAS Christian Djoos; Assists: Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin
- 17:35 NJD John Moore; Assists: Travis Zajac, Marcus Johansson
- 7:01 WAS John Carlson (Power Play); Assists: Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin
- 4:25 WAS Matt Niskanen; Assists: Devante Smith-Pelly, Alex Ovechkin
- 9:00 NJD Travis Zajac; Assists: Marcus Johansson, Sami Vatanen
- 19:19 WAS Nicklas Backstrom (ENG); Assists: John Carlson
The Devils will return to action on Tuesday with a road matchup against the Blues at 8 p.m.