NHL: Washington Capitals close in on play-offs after convincing win
Last Updated: 17/04/13 7:28am
Alex Ovechkin is mobbed after his goal for the Washington Capitals
The Washington Capitals have moved closer to a Stanley Cup play-off berth with a 5-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Alex Ovechkin, Martin Erat, Jack Hillen, Troy Brouwer and Marcus Johansson were on target as the Capitals registered an eighth successive win.
Mikhail Grabovski scored for the Maple Leafs, however they can't now make the end-of-season shoot out.
The New York Islanders are also closing in on the play-offs after their 5-2 win over the Florida Panthers.
Michael Grabner (2), Mark Streit, Matt Moulson and Radek Martinek all scored for the Islanders, with Dmitry Kulikov and Marcel Goc replying.
The Ottawa Senators improved their own play-off prospects with a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at Scotiabank Place, while the Philadelphia Flyers did likewise in seeing off the New York Rangers 4-2.
Kyle Brodziak scored twice as the Minnesota Wild dealt another blow to the Edmonton Oilers' slim hopes. Charlie Coyle, Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise also scored in a 5-3 success, with Nail Yakupov, Magnus Paajarvi and Shawn Horcoff replying.
Andrew Ladd netted twice in regulation and added the decisive goal in a shoot-out as the Winnipeg Jets remained in the mix with a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Alexander Steen's shoot-out goal gave the St Louis Blues victory over the Vancouver Canucks, who led through Alexander Edler's first period goal but were pegged back by Jay Bouwmeester's marker.
San Jose established a 2-0 lead against the Los Angeles Kings but were taken to a shoot-out - during which Raffi Torres held his nerve to give the Sharks the win.
The Ottawa Senators' match at the Bruins - postponed on Monday after the Boston Marathon bombings - has been rescheduled for April 28 at TD Garden.