Cap­i­tals’ win­ning streak reaches six games

Wash­ing­ton back on top of Metro

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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.

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