Alexander Ovechkin scored twice as the Washington Capitals doubled up the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 and took over sole possession of the Southeast Division lead with their fourth straight win. Vincent Lecavalier had a goal and an assist for Tampa in the loss.
SPIN: Ovechkin has rebounded nicely from his woeful start to tie Steven Stamkos for the league lead in goals with 25. Joel Ward had a goal and an assist for Washington but is an inconsistent player. Ben Bishop has looked good in his first two starts with Tampa Bay since being traded from Ottawa, stopping 34 of 37 shots in this one. Bishop could be a sleeper goalie that can be a sneaky netminder to play.
Minnesota blanked Columbus 3-0 behind a 24-save effort from Niklas Backstrom. Ryan Suter, Charlie Coyle and Jason Pominville all scored for the Wild as they chase Vancouver for the Northwest Division crown.
SPIN: The Wild is giving it everything they can and have gone 16-8 in their last 24 games. They look like a team that can mak...