Great eight: Ovechkin scores, Washington wins again

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Evander Kane ended up playing amid controversy. John Carlson couldn’t suit up. None of it mattered, as the Washington Capitals just kept winning.

Washington’s two biggest stars figured in to a feisty one on Wednesday, as Braden Holtby grabbed a 31-save shutout and Alex Ovechkin scored his 493rd career goal in a 2-0 victory against the Buffalo Sabres.

With that, the Capitals are now on an impressive eight-game winning streak.

Ovechkin’s goal ended up being the game-winner, but Holtby continued to be the brightest star for the Caps. He secured his shutout with a stop against Kane being arguably the biggest highlight:

By just about any standard, Holtby’s been outstanding.

It seems like a 7-3 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 21 may have been the springboard for Washington. Since then, the Capitals have gone 14-1-1.

The Dallas Stars hold the overall NHL standings lead with 57 points, yet the Caps are nipping at their heels with 56 points and two games in hand. Maybe most importantly, Washington is far ahead of any other team in the Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference in general.

After weathering a tough schedule, the Capitals showed that some rough stuff won’t deter them tonight: