Capitals alone in first place

04 January 2018 05:40:45 GMTPlus11

Alex Ovechkin scored twice, including the winner, as the Washington Capitals defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 5-4 in overtime at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Ovechkin, who leads the league in scoring with 26 goals, one ahead of Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning, tied proceedings midway through the third period and then got the winner two minutes into the extra frame, as the Capitals made it three wins in a row.

Washington leads the New Jersey Devils by two points, the Columbus Blue Jackets by four and the New York Rangers by six in the standings, as they look to pull away from the pack in what has been a highly competitive Metropolitan Division for the first half of the season.

The Capitals are 1.14 to win the Metropolitan Division, with the Blue Jackets 251.00 and the Devils 1001.00.

Sunday the Division leaders return home to the Capital One Arena in Washington to welcome in the St. Louis Blues.

It's the first of three games at home for the Capitals, with the Vancouver Canucks and the Hurricanes following Tuesday and Thursday of next week.

Meanwhile, the Devils are looking to regroup after losing three straight including a 5-2 setback to the Capitals over the weekend.

New Jersey has also lost to the Buffalo Sabres and the St. Louis Blues, but in each case was able to secure a regulation point.

Thursday the Devils continue their road trip in Dallas against the Stars, before concluding against the New York Islanders over the weekend at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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