Holtby, Ovechkin help Capitals down Jets, 4-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 21, 2013 at 11:35 pm •  Published: March 21, 2013
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — It was just another day in the office for Alexander Ovechkin.

Even though scored once, added a pair of assists and threw in a couple of heavy hits in Washington's 4-0 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday, Ovechkin didn't think it was much to brag about.

"If I have a chance to hit, why not?" the Capitals' captain said.

Ovechkin boosted his team's intensity level by crushing Jets defenseman Mark Stuart and forward Bryan Little in the second period, sending the former to the dressing room.

Stuart came back for one shift in the third period, but left the ice again. Jets head coach Claude Noel didn't have an update on his condition.

Braden Holtby made 20 saves in his fourth shutout of the season and second against the Jets. He also blanked Winnipeg 3-0 on March 2, the only times Winnipeg has been shut out this season.

Nicklas Backstrom scored once and had an assist for Washington, while Troy Brouwer and Marcus Johansson added goals as well.

Ondrej Pavelec faced 25 shots as the Jets, who had their three-game home winning streak snapped.

Winnipeg stayed in the Southeast Division's top spot and third place in the Eastern Conference, two points ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes, who lost 4-1 to New Jersey on Thursday night.

The Jets and Washington play again Friday night in Winnipeg.

"It's nice that it's a short turnaround and we have a chance to redeem ourselves right away," Jets captain Andrew Ladd said.

Washington coach Adam Oates said Ovechkin was "good" and "solid."

"We've talked a lot about this, and he was more involved in the game," Oates said. "He needs to do the little things that let his game evolve and let Backie and Marcus evolve their games as well.

"He ends up getting his goal, the (power play). It was late, but it doesn't matter, he's going to get it. He made a great play on the second goal and then he makes a good play on Backie's (goal)."