WASHINGTON (AP) Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 63rd goal and got all sorts of help Tuesday night in Washington's 4-1 victory over Carolina, a result that left the teams tied atop the Southeast Division at 90 points with two games to go in the regular season.
Alexander Semin, Brooks Laich and Matt Cooke scored before Ovechkin's insurance goal, Sergei Fedorov and Mike Green contributed two assists apiece, and Cristobal Huet made 21 saves. Add it all up, and the Capitals were able to celebrate a five-game winning streak for the first time since March 2001. They've also won nine of their past 10 games.
In other games:
CANADIENS 2, SENATORS 0: At Ottawa, Carey Price made 32 saves for his third shutout and Alex Kovalev scored his 35th goal as Montreal claimed its first division title in 16 years.
DEVILS 2, ISLANDERS 1, OT: At Uniondale, N.Y., Zach Parise deflected in Johnny Oduya's shot 29 seconds into overtime for New Jersey, which clinched an Eastern Conference playoff berth.