Capitals’ winning streak reaches six games
Washington back on top of Metro
Andre Burakovsky, Nicklas Backstrom and Lars Eller each scored, and Braden Holtby finished with 25 saves as the Washington Capitals extended their winning streak to six games with a 3-0 victory over the visiting New Jersey Devils on Friday night.
The victory pushed Washington AHL into first place in the Metropolitan Division with 87 points, two ahead of the idle New York Islanders. The Pittsburgh Penguins sit in third place with 81 points.
Burakovsky scored early in the first period, and Backstrom and Eller added their tallies in the third. Holtby improved to 6-1-0 in his past seven games.
Washington’s Alex Ovechkin did not get a point, and he remains just one short of the 1,200 mark for his career. He’ll become the 49th player to reach that milestone.
New Jersey dropped its fifth consecutive game.
The injury-riddled Devils got some good news when Kyle Palmieri and John Quenneville both came back to the lineup after missing time. New Jersey now has lost over 250 games to injuries.
Burakovsky, who has been heating up lately, gave Washington an early 1-0 lead on the Capitals’ first shot of the game.
Michal Kempny came up the middle on a rush, took a pass from Travis Boyd on his right and quickly fed Burakovsky on his left. Burakovsky then put it past goalie Mackenzie Blackwood 2:40 into the game.
Big night for Barkov
Aleksander Barkov set a franchise record with five assists and defensemen MacKenzie Weegar and Mike Matheson scored twice each to lead the host Florida Panthers to a 6-2 win over the Minnesota Wild. Panthers rookie goalie Sam Montembeault stopped 26 shots for his first NHL win.
Meanwhile, Barkov leads the Panthers with 75 points.