WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Braden Holtby made 20 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and Alexander Ovechkin had a goal and two assists in the Washington Capitals’ 4-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.
Nicklas Backstrom added a goal and an assist for Washington, while Troy Brouwer and Marcus Johansson also scored.
Holtby also blanked Winnipeg 3-0 on March 2, giving him the only shutouts against Winnipeg this season.
Ondrej Pavelec faced 25 shots for the Jets, who had their three-game home winning streak snapped.
Winnipeg stayed in the Southeast Division’s top spot and third place in the Eastern Conference, two points ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes, who lost 4-1 to New Jersey on Thursday night.
The Jets and Washington play again Friday night in Winnipeg.
The Jets were on their second power play early in the third, but Brooks Laich got control of the puck and was stopped on a breakaway by Pavelec.
Kane and Antti Miettinen challenged Holtby on a two-on-one midway through the period, but the netminder snapped out his right leg and stopped Miettinen’s shot.
Pavelec took a delay of game penalty late in the third period and it proved costly.
With Olli Jokinen serving the penalty, Ovechkin scored his 13th goal of the season. Backstrom sent a pass to Ovechkin and he fired it high on Pavelec’s glove side at 14:06.
It was then Ovechkin’s turn to send a pass to Backstrom in the high slot and he put the puck between Pavelec and the post at 18:22 of the third.
Brouwer opened the game’s scoring with a wrist shot from near the bottom of the faceoff circle that beat Pavelec at 3:06 of the first period, extending his points streak to three games (two goals, two assists).
Laich assisted on the goal for his first point of the season after making his season debut March 19 following a lengthy groin injury.
Jets forward Evander Kane had a good opportunity late in the period when he found himself alone in front of the net, but he couldn’t get his stick on the puck to make a shot.
A couple minutes later, Ovechkin sent the puck past Winnipeg defenseman Dustin Byfuglien to Johannson, who redirected the puck into the net at 16:22 for the 2-0 lead.
Ovechkin put a couple of big hits on Winnipeg players in the second period, including defenseman Mark Stuart, who left the ice after the hit. He returned for one shift in the third, but left again for the dressing room.
The Jets outshot the Caps 4-3 in the second, but Washington kept a 13-12 edge in shots on goal.
Devils 4, Hurricanes 1
RALEIGH, N.C. — Martin Brodeur scored his third career goal and made 17 saves in his first game in a month, leading the New Jersey Devils to a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.
Brodeur had been out since Feb. 21 with a pinched nerve in his upper back and neck. Peter Harrold, Adam Henrique and Andrei Loktionov also scored to help the Devils snap a three-game losing streak.
Jeff Skinner had the Hurricanes’ lone goal while Dan Ellis made 19 saves in Carolina’s fifth consecutive loss.
Brodeur got credit for the game’s first goal when Carolina’s Jordan Staal passed the puck back to the point from behind the net after a delayed penalty call against New Jersey’s Marek Zidlicky.
The pass missed intended target Tim Gleason and bounced off the boards near center ice. Ellis had already skated toward the bench because of the delayed penalty and couldn’t get back in time to prevent the puck from sliding into the net.
Because he was the last Devils player to touch the puck, Brodeur got credit for the score. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Brodeur is the first goalie to score a power-play goal since Evgeni Nabokov for San Jose in 2002.
Panthers 3, Rangers 1
NEW YORK — Jacob Markstrom made 44 saves and just missed his first NHL shutout, helping the cellar-dwelling Panthers get the win against the playoff-hopeful Rangers.
The Rangers had gotten back into eighth place in the Eastern Conference with wins on consecutive nights this week after a three-game skid. But Markstrom was sharp and shut down offensively challenged New York.
Markstrom, who has played in only nine games since being recalled from the minors in February, earned his third NHL win of the season.
Markstrom lost his shutout bid when Marian Gaborik cut the Rangers’ deficit to 2-1 with 3:48 left, but the 23-year-old goalie settled for wins in back-to-back games.
Brian Campbell scored in the first period, and Scottie Upshall made it 2-0 in the second against Henrik Lundqvist, who faced 23 shots.
Bruins 2, Senators 1
OTTAWA — Dennis Seidenberg scored with 1:04 left to lead the Bruins to the victory.
Patrice Bergeron won a faceoff in the offensive zone back to Zdeno Chara, and the Boston captain fed Seidenberg. He shot it past goalie Robin Lehner through a maze of players.
Daniel Paille also scored for the Bruins (20-6-3), and Anton Khudobin made 27 saves. The Bruins pulled within three points of Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh.
Kaspars Daugavins scored for Ottawa, and Lehner also stopped 27 shots. The Senators dropped to 16-9-6 after winning their previous three games.
Canadiens 5, Islanders 2
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Brian Gionta scored the go-ahead goal 48 seconds into the third period, P.K. Subban added two more and the Canadiens beat the Islanders for the first time in three tries this season.
Gionta’s 10th goal of the season came after center David Desharnais caught a wobbling puck by the blue line off a clearing attempt, set it down and passed it to Gionta in front.
Subban tied it at 2 with his eighth goal 10:53 into the second period and added an insurance goal midway through the third.
Michael Ryder and Brendan Gallagher also scored for Montreal, which is 14-1-4 since losing to Toronto 6-0 on Feb. 9. Carey Price made 25 saves.
John Tavares and Lubomir Visnovsky scored for the Islanders, who lost their second straight after going 5-1-2 in the previous eight games.
Sabres 5, Maple Leafs 4
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Steve Ott scored the decisive goal in the sixth round of the shootout, helping Buffalo rally for the win.
Ryan Miller secured the victory by getting his left pad out to stop former Sabres forward Clarke MacArthur’s shootout attempt. Miller stopped 32 shots through overtime, and allowed only Tyler Bozak to score in the tiebreaker.
Ott set up his successful shootout goal by driving in full speed on James Reimer. Without stopping, Ott slipped the puck inside the right post before the goalie had a chance to get his pad out.
Christian Ehrhoff had a goal and two assists for Buffalo, which won consecutive games for only the fourth time this season. Tyler Ennis had a goal and an assist, and Marcus Foligno and Jason Pominville also scored.
Nazem Kadri had two goals and an assist for Toronto, which is 1-3-3 in its past seven games.
Predators 5, Flames 3
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Mike Fisher scored two goals and Nashville snapped a four-game losing streak.
Martin Erat, Nick Spaling, and Brandon Yip had the other goals for the Predators, and Pekka Rinne made 19 saves.
Mark Giordano, Blake Comeau, and Jarome Iginla scored for the Flames, who have dropped eight consecutive road games.
The Predators grabbed control with four consecutive goals beginning late in the first period and carrying over to the third.
Fisher converted a nice feed from Erat to tie it at 2 in the first, then put Nashville in front at 13:24 of the middle period.