Capitals Rout Maple Leafs for Eighth Win in Row

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Capitals Rout Maple Leafs for Eighth Win in Row
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The Washington Capitals moved closer to a Stanley Cup Playoff berth and made sure the Toronto Maple Leafs couldn't clinch one. Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 28th goal, and Martin Erat scored his first since being acquired at the trade deadline as the Capitals cruised to their eighth consecutive victory by defeating the Maple Leafs 5-1 at Verizon Center on Tuesday. Though the Capitals are on their best hot streak in more than two years, coach Adam Oates wants to make sure his players don't get caught up in it.

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