Marcus Johansson returned to the lineup and had one goal and two assists and the Washington Capitals defeated the Nashville Predators 5-3 at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.
Johansson missed four games with an upper-body injury.
“I think it took a little bit to get in the game, but just fun and exciting to be back,” Johansson said. “You miss hanging around with the boys. You miss playing games so it was a lot of fun.”
Washington (39-9-4) has won four consecutive games, improving to 27-1-0 after scoring the first goal.
Predators forward Colin Wilson returned to the lineup after missing 12 games with a lower-body injury. Goalie Pekka Rinne struggled in net again for Nashville (25-21-8) and stopped 17 of 21 shot attempts.