Home Team in Caps
NEW JERSEY 2, Toronto 1 (SO)
WASHINGTON 4, Pittsburgh 0
LOS ANGELES 4, Chicago 3
HOLTBY BACKSTOPS WASHINGTON TO SHUTOUT OF PITTSBURGH
Braden Holtby saved all 27 shots he faced to lead the Washington Capitals to a 4-0 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Capitals improved to 25-14-9 (59 points) and passed the idle New York Rangers to take sole possession of third in the Metropolitan Division standings. The Capitals also improved to 11-3-4 against Metropolitan Division opponents this season and 19-7-6 against Eastern Conference opponents. With the victory, Washington has earned a point in 19 of its past 22 games against opponents from the Eastern Conference (14-3-5).
* The Capitals have earned a point in 20 of their past 24 games (15-4-5) and a point in 10 consecutive home games (8-0-2) dating to a 3-2 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Dec. 11, 2014. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time Washington earned a point in 10 or more home games was from Oct. 23-Nov. 28, 2010 where it posted a record of 9-0-1 through 10 games on home ice.
* Holtby's career-high fifth shutout of the season improved his record to 23-10-8 with a 2.25 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage, with his 23 victories tying a career-high. Two of Holtby's five shutouts this season have been earned against Pittsburgh; he led the Capitals to a 3-0 win against the Penguins on Dec. 27, 2014. Among NHL goaltenders this season, Holtby is tied for second in shutouts and sixth in wins and ranks seventh in save percentage and eighth in GAA.
* Alex Ovechkin (2-0—0) opened the scoring and added a power-play goal for his eighth multigoal game of the season. Ovechkin's two goals, which included his League-leading 13th power-play goal and his sixth game-winning goal, brought his season total to 29 and allowed him to move ahead of DAL's Tyler Seguin and NYR's Rick Nash (each with 28 goals) for sole possession of the NHL lead. Ovechkin has scored seven times in his past five games (7-1—8) and 13 times in his last 13 games (13-4—17).
* Combined with the victory, Ovechkin's first goal allowed the Capitals to improve to 24-1-4 this season when scoring first. The goal stood as the eventual game-winner and allowed Ovechkin to move into a tie with ANA's Matt Beleskey for the NHL lead in game-winning goals this season (6).
* The two-goal game was the 93rd multigoal game of Ovechkin's career and allowed him to tie Peter Bondra for first on the franchise's all-time list. Ovechkin played in his 727th NHL game, passing Rod Langway for sole possession of seventh on the Capitals all-time games list.
* Mike Green (1-1—2) scored his fifth goal and had his 24th assist for his 10th multipoint game of the season. Green is tied for the Capitals lead in goals among defensemen and ranks second in assists and points (5-24—29). The two-point game also brought Green's career total to 344 (108-236—344), tying him with Larry Murphy for fifth on the franchise's all-time list among defensemen.
* Nicklas Backstrom (0-2—2) had his 10th multiassist game of the season and extended his point streak to five games (2-6—8). Backstrom leads the Capitals in assists (35) and points (15-35—50) and is tied for fourth and seventh among League leaders in each respective category.
* While playing against his former team, Brooks Orpik (0-1—1) had his 10th assist of the season. Washington improved to 9-0-0 this season when Orpik records a point.
CARTER'S THREE-POINT NIGHT PROPELS KINGS TO WIN VS. BLACKHAWKS
Jeff Carter (2-1—3) factored into three of the four goals scored by the Los Angeles Kings in their 4-3 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Kings improved to 21-15-12 (54 points) which includes a record of 16-6-6 on home ice. The 38 points through 28 home games tied the franchise record for most points through the first 28 games on home ice set during the 1980-81 and 1990-91 seasons.
* Los Angeles overcame three one-goal deficits in the victory. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Kings overcame three or more one-goal deficits en route to a win was on Oct. 31, 2013 when they also overcame three one-goal deficits to defeat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 in overtime.
* Carter scored an even-strength goal and his sixth power-play goal and had his 22nd assist for his 10th multipoint game of the season. The Kings improved to 10-0-0 this season when Carter has a multipoint game. Carter is tied for the team lead in power-play goals and the Kings improved to 14-4-4 when scoring on the power play and 11-0-3 when scoring a power-play goal at home.
* Tyler Toffoli (1-1—2) scored his career-high 13th goal and had his 16th assist for his seventh multi-point game of the season.
* Anze Kopitar (0-2—2) had two assists for his 12th multipoint game of the season. Los Angeles improved to 8-1-3 when Kopitar has a multipoint game. Kopitar, who has four assists (0-4—4) in his last two games, leads the Kings in assists (28) and points (11-28—39).
* Jake Muzzin (1-0—1) scored the game-winner late in the third period with his sixth goal of the season. Muzzin is tied for the team-lead with three game-winning goals and is tied for fifth among League defensemen.
* Jonathan Quick made 26 saves to improve to 17-12-10 with a 2.48 GAA and a .911 save percentage.
JOSEFSON'S SHOOTOUT-WINNER LIFTS DEVILS OVER MAPLE LEAFS
Jacob Josefson scored the shootout winner to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Devils improved to 18-22-8 (44 points), which includes a record of 6-2-1 over their past nine games and 4-1-1 over their past six games at home.
* Josefson and Patrik Elias (0-1—1) each scored goals in the shootout for the Devils. Elias has converted on two of three shootout attempts for a .667 shooting percentage this season while Josefson has converted on two of five for a .400 shooting percentage. Both of Josefson's goals have stood as game-deciding goals.
* In his League-leading 42nd start of the season, Cory Schneider made 29 saves through 65 minutes and didn't allow a goal on two attempts in the shootout to improve to 17-19-4 with a 2.37 GAA and a .921 save percentage. With the victory, Schneider is 2-3 in shootouts this season, where he has stopped 13 of 17 shooters for a .692 shootout save percentage.
* Facing a 1-0 deficit late in the third period, Adam Larsson (1-0—1) tied the score with his second goal of the season.
* Martin Havlat (0-1—1) registered his eighth assist of the season and extended his point streak to a season-high four games (2-2—4). Havlat's last point streak of four games or longer was from Jan. 20-26, 2013 when he had two goals and two assists in four games as a member of the San Jose Sharks.
Pittsburgh defenseman Robert Bortuzzo played in his 100th NHL game. … Chicago forwards Patrick Kane (1-1—2) and Patrick Sharp (1-1—2) each had a goal and an assist for his 15th and seventh multipoint game of the season, respectively. … Chicago defenseman David Rundblad (0-1—1) extended his point streak to a career-high three games (2-1—3). Rundblad had points in three straight games during the 2011-12 season as a member of the Phoenix Coyotes. … New York Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment). … Long-time Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson will receive the key to the city of Ottawa on March 5.