Alex Ovechkin scores twice, Capitals beat Devils 4-0

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WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin scored twice, Ilya Samsonov made 24 saves and the Washington Capitals rode their best players to a 4-0 victory Friday night and two-game sweep of the New Jersey Devils.

Ovechkin has scored 10 times in his past 10 games and has a team-best 17 goals this season. He’s eight shy of Marcel Dionne for fifth on the NHL’s career goal list after scoring his 722nd and 723rd and is tied for sixth in the league after putting up just seven in his first 19 and how many goals he’s able to score.”

Nicklas Backstrom and Conor Sheary also scored.

With Ovechkin rolling, the Capitals have won nine of their past 10 games and are back atop the East Division. They’re tied at 48 points with former coach Barry Trotz’s New York Islanders but hold the tiebreaker having played one fewer game.


ST. LOUIS (AP) — John Gibson made 33 saves in his first game back after missing five with a lower-body injury and Anaheim beat St. Louis.

Sam Steel and Max Jones scored and Derek Grant and Richard Rakell added empty-netters to help the Ducks win for the second time in nine games.

Ryan O’Reilly scored for St. Louis. The Blues have loss three straight and six in a row at home.

The teams will meet again Sunday.

The Associated Press