Nicklas Backstrom and the Washington Capitals earned a third straight road victory to enhance their chances of making the playoffs.
Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin scored in the shootout and regulation to give the Capitals a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday night.
Braden Holtby made 30 saves in regulation and overtime, and stopped three of four Rangers in the shootout as the Capitals extended the streak that started with wins on consecutive nights against the Jets in Winnipeg.
The playoffs, which seemed to be slipping away, now are a realistic goal. The Capitals are only two points behind the Rangers, who are in eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
''This is what we've got to do, if you're going to fight for a playoff spot,'' Backstrom said. ''We've got to keep working every game. We're playing better. We're moving the puck better. Tonight we found a way to win this one after they came back and tied it.''
Arron Asham and Derek Stepan had New York's goals in regula...