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Washington 3, Winnipeg 1
When: 7:00 PM ET, Sunday, March 10, 2019
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, District of Columbia
Referees: Jean Hebert, Kelly Sutherland
Linesmen: Shandor Alphonso, Kory Nagy
Attendance: 18506

Carl Hagelin scored the tie-breaking goal in the second period and the Washington Capitals extended their winning streak to seven games with a 3-1 victory over the visiting Winnipeg Jets in a Sunday night battle of division leaders.

Washington now holds a four-point lead over the New York Islanders in the Metropolitan Division. The Jets have a one-point lead over Nashville in the Central Division. For the Capitals, this is their second seven-game winning streak this season.

Nicklas Backstrom and Lars Eller scored the other two Washington goals.

Pheonix Copley started in goal for the Capitals, and the Jets kept him busy. Winnipeg outshot Washington 34-17, but Copley stood tall and finished with 33 saves.

Goalie Connor Hellebuyck played in his 200th NHL game and finished with 15 saves but took the loss.

The Capitals often had problems generating offensive chances against the speedy Jets but still scored first. Backstrom fired a shot through traffic that beat Hellebuyck -- who was screened by at least one player -- for a 1-0 lead. John Carlson got his 50th assist this season on the play, which came 4:35 into the game.

But former Capital Mathieu Perreault tied it less than two minutes later by scoring off a quick pass from Jack Roslovic. Perreault swung around the net and lost Eller and got open to Copley's left, then Roslovic put the pass right on his stick.

Washington took the lead back right after Hagelin got out of the penalty box after serving a minor for cross-checking in the second period. Nic Dowd saw Hagelin coming out and flipped a long, high pass that sprung him on a breakaway, and he scored with 5:28 left in the period for a 2-1 lead.

Winnipeg nearly tied it with 10:17 left in the third period as a couple of Jets tried to push the puck in, but the officials ruled goalie interference. The Jets challenged but the original call stood.

Eller then added an empty-net goal in the final minute after Washington killed off a late penalty.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Winnipeg   Washington
Mathieu Perreault 1 Points Nicklas Backstrom 1
Mathieu Perreault 1 Goals Nicklas Backstrom 1
Andrew Copp 1 Assists John Carlson 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Connor Hellebuyck .882 Save Percentage Pheonix Copley .971
Connor Hellebuyck 15 Saves Pheonix Copley 33
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Winnipeg 34 1 0-5 2-2 4 35
Washington 18 3 0-2 5-5 10 19
Upcoming Games
  • Washington will play their next game on the road against Pittsburgh. The Capitals have a W/L % of .610 after a win and .571 after a loss.
  • Winnipeg will play their next game at home against San Jose. The Jets have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .714 after a loss.