BOSTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin looks as if he's ready to carry the Washington Capitals to one of the Eastern Conference's final playoff spots.
Coming off a strong game two days earlier, Ovechkin collected his 800th career point and raised his league-leading total to 43 goals with a pair of power-play scores, leading the Capitals to a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday afternoon.
"I think we're just playing more solid right now," said Ovechkin, who became the 150th player to collect 800 points. "We don't have time to make mistakes. Every point right now is very important for us."
Joel Ward and Eric Fehr also scored, and Braden Holtby made 36 saves for the Capitals, who won their fourth straight in their push for the playoffs.
"I think we were missing our swagger a little bit," Ward said of his team's play before the Olympic break. "When our team plays with a little bit of cockiness we seem to get wins. We were missing that before the break. We're finding ways to win. The bottom line is we're winning games."
Ovechkin had the go-ahead goal and two assists in a 5-4 win at Florida on Thursday. It's his first season of 40-plus goals since collecting 40-plus in his first five seasons from 2005-06 to 2009-10.
The Capitals' star winger even impressed Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask with his second goal.
"The second one it seemed like he was going short side and it just kind of knuckled in," Rask said, breaking into a slight smile to show how impressed he was with the shot.
"I was trying to ask him and he was kind of shaking his shoulders. It's funny when you see those. He was kind of leaning into it. It's like impossible to go the other way and it goes the other way. You're like, 'Come on, buddy.'"
Washington, which hosts Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon, remained one point behind the Flyers for the conference's eighth and final playoff spot.
Patrice Bergeron and Shawn Thornton had Boston's goals. Rask stopped 27 shots in his first start since winning the bronze medal with Finland at the Sochi Olympics. It was just the Bruins' second regulation loss in their past 13 games (8-2-3).
The Bruins lost 5-4 in overtime at Buffalo on Wednesday.
"We're getting caught cheating too much in the offensive side and it's ending up in the back of the net," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "It's something we need to fix because we're giving up too many goals."
Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was disappointed how his team started out.
"For sure that wasn't our best game," he said. "We could have done a number of things differently and better. We have to learn from games like this, especially against an opponent like this."