WASHINGTON - - Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom each had a goal and two assists to help Washington beat the New Jersey Devils, 4-1, Saturday night, giving the Capitals a one-point lead in the NHL overall standings.
Washington has 54 points, one more than the Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins. Washington won its third straight and ended New Jersey's five-game winning streak.
Ovechkin opened the scoring at 4:09 of the first period. Backstrom gave the Capitals a 3-1 lead when he scored from in front with 10:08 left in the second period.