Capitals 4, Jets 0

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

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)."

After a scoreless second period, Pavelec took a delay of game penalty late in the third and it proved costly.

With Olli Jokinen serving the penalty, Ovechkin scored his 13th goal of the season. Backstrom sent a pass to Ovechkin and he fired it high on Pavelec's glove side at 14:06.

It was then Ovechkin's turn to send a pass to Backstrom in the high slot and he put the puck between Pavelec and the post at 18:22 of the third.

Noel had no answers for what happened to his Jets, but said he'd look at the film and try to find a solution for Friday.

"We need to play better, that would be the first thing," he said. "We've given up seven goals in two games (against Washington) and haven't scored one. They're playing chess, we're playing checkers."

Brouwer opened the game's scoring with a wrist shot from near the bottom of the faceoff circle that beat Pavelec at 3:06 of the first period, extending his points streak to three games (two goals, two assists).

Brooks Laich assisted on the goal for his first point of the season after making his season debut March 19 following a lengthy groin injury.

Late in the first, Ovechkin sent the puck past Winnipeg defenseman Dustin Byfuglien to Johansson, who redirected it into the net at 16:22 for the 2-0 lead.

Capitals defenseman Mike Green was back on the ice after missing 10 games with a groin injury, which Oates said allowed fellow blue-liner John Carlson to have a bit of rest.

"We keep him a little fresher, maybe a little sharper," Oates said. "It trickles down through the lineup."

Scoring Summary
1st Period
03:06WSH Troy Brouwer (11) ASST: Brooks Laich (1) 1 - 0 WSH
16:22WSH Marcus Johansson (4) ASST: Alex Ovechkin (13) 2 - 0 WSH
2nd Period
3rd Period
14:06WSH PPG - Alex Ovechkin (13) ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (22), John Carlson (9) 3 - 0 WSH
18:22WSH Nicklas Backstrom (4) ASST: Alex Ovechkin (14), Marcus Johansson (3) 4 - 0 WSH
Three Stars of the Game
Braden Holtby
Braden Holtby
SA: 20TOI: 60:00
GA: 0EV: 15-15
PIM: 0PP: 5-5
SV%: 1.000SH: 0-0
Alex Ovechkin
Alex Ovechkin
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 2Hits: 3
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 18:23
Troy Brouwer
Troy Brouwer
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 15:18
Penalty Summary
1st Period
18:32WSH Steve Oleksy  Fighting (maj) against  James Wright
18:32WPG James Wright  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Oleksy
2nd Period
16:55WSH Jack Hillen  Tripping against  Bryan Little
3rd Period
01:36WPG Dustin Byfuglien  Tripping against  Marcus Johansson
04:09WSH Steve Oleksy  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
11:14WSH Steve Oleksy  Tripping against  Blake Wheeler
12:43WPG Ondrej Pavelec  Delaying the game
19:02WPG Evander Kane  Cross checking against  Mike Green
19:02WPG Evander Kane  Misconduct (10 min)
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/30/3
Faceoff Wins2326
Blocked Shots1815
Penalty Minutes1121
8A. OvechkinL1225018:23
9M. RibeiroC0011015:15
16E. FehrC0004012:23
19N. BackstromC1123017:25
20T. BrouwerR1013015:18
21B. LaichC0111014:11
25J. ChimeraL0001011:19
26M. HendricksL0002013:34
27K. AlznerD0000021:22
38J. HillenD0010219:28
42J. WardR0000013:03
52M. GreenD0022022:44
61S. OleksyD0000916:40
74J. CarlsonD0111023:23
81D. OrlovD0020014:40
83J. BeagleR0000014:16
85M. PerreaultC0000012:48
90M. JohanssonL1122017:48
70B. Holtby20201.00060:00
5M. StuartD00-10012:10
6R. HainseyD0001021:03
7D. MeechD00-10015:48
8A. BurmistrovC0000012:17
9E. KaneL00-201221:36
12O. JokinenC00-21016:23
13K. WellwoodC0001014:35
16A. LaddL00-11021:35
17J. WrightC00-1058:44
18B. LittleC0001019:47
20A. MiettinenR00-12011:41
22C. ThorburnR000207:16
24G. ClitsomeD00-11018:31
26B. WheelerR00-11021:18
27E. TangradiL000108:39
33D. ByfuglienD00-25225:44
44Z. BogosianD00-12023:38
80N. AntropovC00-11015:07
31O. Pavelec2125.84059:47