Instant analysis of the Capitals’ 6-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets Friday night at MTS Centre:
How it happened: For the second straight night the Caps grabbed a 2-0 lead and just kept building on it. Mike Ribeiro set up even-strength goals by Brooks Laich and Troy Brouwer in the first period and when Jay Beagle made it 3-0 on the Caps’ ninth shot of the night 5:50 into the second period, that was it for Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec. Alex Ovechkin greeted Al Montoya with his team-high 14th goal and the rout was on. Mike Green and Ovechkin added goals in the third period to complete the Capitals’ scoring.
What it means: Coupled with the Islanders’ regulation loss to the Penguins, the Caps vaulted over the Lightning, Sabres and Isles and into 10th place in the Eastern Conference standings with 29 points, three behind the Rangers and Hurricanes, each of whom have a game in hand.
Southeast dreaming: It’s certainly a long shot, but with their double dominance of the Jets the Caps moved within five points of the division leaders with 17 games to play.
Total dominance: Fourteen different players recorded points for the Caps Friday night en route to a two-game sweep in which the Caps outscored the Jets 10-1.
Ovi on fire: After recording one goal in eight games, Ovechkin now has six goals in his last six games and has moved into seventh place in the NHL in goals with 15. Ovechkin finished with six shots and three hits and played another complete game.
Feeling healthy: With Dmitry Orlov playing with Mike Green, Karl Alzber with Steve Oleksy, and Jack Hillen with John Carlson the Caps might have had their best breakouts of the season.
What’s next: The Caps will travel to New York on Saturday in preparation for Sunday night’s game against the Rangers. With a win in New York the Caps would move within a point of the Blueshirts, who have beaten them 2-1 and 4-1 in their two previous meetings.