WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin scored twice to take the NHL lead in goals, Braden Holtby recovered from a minislump to get his fifth shutout of the season, and Sidney Crosby had one of his worst faceoff nights as the Washington Capitals broke a four-game losing streak with a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

Ovechkin’s 29 goals are one more than Rich Nash and Tyler Seguin.

DEVILS 2, MAPLE LEAFS 1: Jacob Josefson and Patrik Elias scored in the shootout and New Jersey rallied late to send visiting Toronto to its seventh straight loss.


BRUINS: A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that the Bruins placed veteran forward Simon Gagne on waivers for the purpose of releasing him.

Two weeks ago, the Bruins announced Gagne was placed on their “suspended” list and would miss the remainder of the season following the death of his father in December.

ISLANDERS: Forward Cal Clutterbuck was fined $2,000 by the NHL for violating the league’s rule against diving and embellishment.