Free Press ★★★
★ Braden Holtby, goalie, Washington: He wasn’t particularly busy through the first two periods, but the Jets did generate some quality chances in the third and he slammed the door shut by kicking out 19 shots.
★★ Alex Ovechkin, forward, Washington: Looked like the Ovie of old; finished with a goal and two assists and threw two spine-rattling hits in the second, the second of which took Mark Stuart out of the game.
★★★ Troy Brouwer, forward, Washington: Lots to like about the vet’s game. Scored the first goal of the game, his 11th, and was perfect in the faceoff circle.
1. Washington, Brouwer 11 (Laich) 3:06
2. Washington, Johansson 4 (Ovechkin) 16:22
Penalties -- Oleksy Wash (fighting), Wright Wpg (fighting) 18:32.
Penalties -- Hillen Wash (tripping) 16:55.
3. Washington, Ovechkin 13 (Backstrom, Carlson) 14:06 (pp)
4. Washington, Backstrom 4 (Ovechkin, Johansson) 18:22
Penalties -- Byfuglien Wpg (tripping) 1:36, Oleksy Wash (delay of game) 4:09, Oleksy Wash (tripping) 11:14, Pavelec Wpt (delay of game, served by Jokinen) 12:43, Kane Wpg (cross-checking, game misconduct) 19:02)
Power plays (goals-chances) -- Washington: 1-3; Winnipeg: 0-3.
Referees -- Brad Meier, Chris Lee. Linesmen -- Brad Lazarowich, Brad Kovachik.
Attendance -- 15,004 (15,004).
The Jets activated goaltender Al Montoya from the injured list and subsequently reassigned Eddie Pasquale to the St. John's IceCaps. Pasquale was recalled for the second time this season on March 13 but did not see any action. He has appeared in 40 games with the IceCaps, posting a 14-21-4 record with a .269 GAA and .909 save percentage.
Braden Holtby picked up his 11th win of the season Thursday night, establishing a new career high. He won 10 games in 2010-11 and again last season.