Ovechkin, Backstrom Each Have 3 Points

Capitals 4, Devils 1

December 27, 2009|By AP

WASHINGTON - - Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom each had a goal and two assists to help Washington beat the New Jersey Devils, 4-1, Saturday night, giving the Capitals a one-point lead in the NHL overall standings.

Washington has 54 points, one more than the Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins. Washington won its third straight and ended New Jersey's five-game winning streak.

Rookie goalie Michal Neuvirth won his third straight start, making 29 saves. The Capitals pressured Martin Brodeur all night, outshooting the Devils 40-30.

Ovechkin opened the scoring at 4:09 of the first period. Backstrom gave the Capitals a 3-1 lead when he scored from in front with 10:08 left in the second period.

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