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Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Alex Ovechkin and Troy Brouwer scored two goals apiece as the Washington Capitals cruised to a 5-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre.

Nicklas Backstrom added one goal and one assist and Mike Riberio chipped in with three helpers for the Capitals, who hold a three-point edge over the Winnipeg Jets atop the Southeast Division standings. Washington could clinch the division with a regulation win on Tuesday against the Jets.

Braden Holtby had 35 saves in the triumph, Washington's ninth in 10 games.

Carey Price allowed all five goals on 25 shots for the Canadiens, who have dropped four of their last five games. Despite the loss, the Montreal leads the Boston Bruins by two points for the top spot in the Northeast Division.