NHL round-up: Washington Capitals secure top spot in Metropolitan Division

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The Washington Capitals secured first place in the Metropolitan Division with a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena.

Philipp Grubauer made 36 saves for his seventh win in eight starts in what was Alexander Ovechkin's 1000th game for the Capitals.

T.J. Oshie, Dmitry Orlov and Tom Wilson had the Capitals 3-0 early in the third period before Patric Hornqvist replied for the Penguins.

Claude Giroux scored twice as the Philadephia Flyers moved within two points of second in the Metropolitan Division after a 4-3 overtime win over the Eastern Conference leading Boston Bruins.


Stanley Cup winner (odds via Sky Bet)

  • Nashville Predators - 5/1
  • Tampa Bay Lightning - 5/1
  • Boston Bruins - 6/1
  • Vegas Golden Knights - 8/1
  • Toronto Maple Leafs - 11/1
  • Washington Capitals - 11/1
  • Pittsburgh Penguins - 12/1
  • Winnipeg Jets - 12/1
  • San Jose Sharks - 20/1

The Flyers are level on 94 points with Columbus but remain below the Blue Jackets in the first wild card slot on the fourth tie-breaker of goal differential.

Taylor Hall's 37th goal of the season late in the third period earned the New Jersey Devils a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens and saw them stretch their advantage with the second wild card to seven points.

The Nashville Predators need just two points to clinch first place in the Western Conference after a 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Elsewhere, the Anaheim Ducks beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 in overtime.

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