Alex Ovechkin's goal was no surprise. But when defence men Nate Schmidt and Karl Alzner scored, it was an unexpected bonus for Washington.
Braden Holtby made 34 saves and Ovechkin scored the second of three goals by the Capitals in the first 17 minutes of a 5-2 victory over the Predators on Saturday night, extending Nashville's losing streak to five games.Troy Brouwer and Eric Fehr also scored for the Capitals. Ovechkin got his 22nd goal this season and ninth on the power play, both NHL highs. Nicklas Backstrom and Mikhail Grabovski each had two assists.