MONTREAL – If there was one thing that was tempering the Washington Capitals' hot streak of late, it was that they had done it largely by facing teams that are in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference. No one can say that about them anymore. Alex Ovechkin scored his sixth goal in three games to spark the Capitals and Michal Neuvirth made 27 saves to hold off a late Montreal Canadiens' rally in a 3-2 win at Bell Centre on Tuesday. The victory was Washington's fifth in a row and sixth in seven games, but all of those were played against teams that are currently out of the playoffs in the conference.
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