Ovechkin scores the winner

30 December 2017 05:24:00 GMTPlus11

Alex Ovechkin was the only skater to score in the shootout as the Washington Capitals defeated the visiting Boston Bruins 4-3 on Thursday evening.

Ovechkin was also on target during regulation as the Russian scored his 24th of the year as the hosts rallied from a two-goal deficit.

Lars Eller and Brett Connolly were also on target for the Capitals who swept the Bruins in the three-game season series, something that may well become relevant when the play-offs come around later in the campaign.

Ovechkin is tied for the league lead in goals with Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning, two ahead of Anders Lee of the New York Islanders.

Kucherov finished second to Sidney Crosby of the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins last year and obviously has designs on going one better this season.

Washington, 1.14 to win the Metropolitan Division, concludes their two-game home stand on Saturday when they host the New Jersey Devils. Friday the Devils are back on the ice as they go in search of a sixth consecutive win.

Tied for first place with the Capitals in the Metropolitan Division, New Jersey shows no let up with a 7-2-1 mark over their last 10 games, best in the Division over that time frame.

Kucherov's Lightning, who host the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday, however are the team with the best record in the Eastern Conference over their last 10 games helping to explain their nine point lead over the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Atlantic Division.

The Capitals are 2.40 to win the Eastern Conference with Tampa Bay priced at 1.62.

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