PITTSBURGH (AP) -Alex Ovechkin scored twice to tie Sidney Crosby for the NHL lead with 48 goals and the Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals swept the season series from the Pittsburgh Penguins, winning 6-3 on Tuesday night.
Crosby had a goal and two assists to give the Penguins captain his fourth 100-point season in five seasons - he missed only when he sat out two months of 2007-08 with a high ankle sprain - but Pittsburgh still lost its fourth in a row to Washington.
Ovechkin had four goals in 18 games before scoring on a power play early in the third period, then added an empty-net goal with a second remaining. Nicklas Backstrom set up both during a three-assist game, giving him 67 assists.
Pittsburgh played without star forward Evgeni Malkin, who missed his eighth game in his last 10 - this time with an undisclosed illness that caused him to leave the ice a few minutes into the pregame warmup.
ATLANTA (AP) - Martin Brodeur got his 600th career win with his second straight shutout.
Kovalchuk, the former Thrashers captain who was traded to the Devils two months ago, didn't score but returned to see the Thrashers eliminated from playoff contention for the ninth time in their 10-year history.
Dean McAmmond, Zach Parise and Travis Zajac scored and Brodeur stopped 19 shots.
The shutout was Brodeur's league-leading ninth of the season and the 110th of his career. Brodeur and the Devils beat Carolina 4-0 on Saturday.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Ryan Miller made 30 saves, including a brilliant blocker stop on Marian Gaborik, in helping the Buffalo Sabres clinch the Northeast Division title.
Rookie Tyler Ennis had a goal and two assists while Drew Stafford had a goal and an assist for Buffalo, which won its sixth division title and first since 2007.
Jochen Hecht, with the go-ahead goal, Derek Roy and Toni Lydman also scored for the Sabres, who chased Rangers starter Henrik Lundqvist and delivered a blow to the Blueshirts' playoff hopes in the final week of the season.
Miller (40-18-8) matched the single-season franchise record for wins he set in 2006-07, and improved to 10-4-1 since leading the United States to a silver medal at the Vancouver Games.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Rod Brind'Amour, Drayson Bowman and Eric Staal scored two goals apiece and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 8-5.
Brind'Amour scored both of his goals during a five-goal first period for Carolina. It was the 39-year-old center's first multigoal game of the season.
Steven Stamkos scored his team-leading 47th goal, keeping him one behind NHL leaders Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby.
Brandon Bochenski scored twice for the Lightning and Andrej Meszaros had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Frans Nielsen scored the tying goal with 2:01 left in regulation and added a goal in the shootout.
The Canadiens were moments away from securing their third straight trip to the postseason when Nielsen wrecked the plans. He and Matt Moulson scored on New York's only two attempts in the shootout to give the also-ran Islanders their fifth win in six games.
Martin Biron made 28 traditional saves and then stopped Maxim Lapierre on Montreal's first shootout attempt. The win was sealed when Mike Cammalleri hit the post on the final try.
Lapierre's breakaway goal gave the Canadiens a 3-2 lead in the third period. Tomas Plekanec had a goal in the first for the Canadiens, who had won three straight - including shutouts in their previous two.
TORONTO (AP) - Brian Boucher made 23 saves for Philadelphia.
Claude Giroux scored on a first-period power play and Mike Richards scored an empty-net goal for Philadelphia (40-34-6), which passed Boston and moved into seventh place in the Eastern Conference with 86 points.
J.S. Giguere made 21 saves for the Maple Leafs, who finish the season with road games in New York and Montreal.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Mike Fisher scored twice to help Ottawa to its their seventh win in eight games.
Jarkko Ruutu, Erik Karlsson and Chris Neil also got goals for Ottawa, and captain Daniel Alfredsson had an assist in the 1,000th game of his NHL career.
Shawn Matthias and Kamil Kreps each scored for the Panthers.
Ottawa's Pascal Leclaire made 32 saves, while Tomas Vokoun stopped 23 shots for Florida.