Capitals shutout Jets to get back in playoff wild card hunt

Country Roads was blaring all day at Capital One Arena for TJ1K Day
T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals
T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals / Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Capitals waited until the third period to unleash three goals, two from the captain, en route to a 3-0 win. Charlie Lindgren stopped all 27 shots he faced for his sixth shutout of the season. He has won the most games among goalies in the month of March.

Lindgren stopped all four power play shots and the other 23 at five on five. The Jets went 0 for 2. Shots were 9-8 Jets in the first and 11-3 Winnipeg in the second. The Caps had the edge in shots 8-7 and in goals when it mattered most. The Jets outshot the Caps 27-19 but couldn't solve Lindgren nor his glove Josie.

John Carlson finally broke through with a power play goal from the point for his seventh goal of the season. Max Pacioretty and T.J. Oshie had the assists. Carlson is approaching on 1,000 games himself. The Caps honored Oshie prior to the game for achieving the feat on March 16 in Vancouver.

Alex Ovechkin and Connor McMichael off a face off draw helped together to double the lead. The goal going to the great eight at 3:36. Ovechkin added another at the 12 minute mark backhanded with Dylan Strome and Oshie assisting.

It was Ovechkin's 26th of the season and 848th of his career, putting him 46 behind Wayne Gretzky. The Caps have now advanced past the Detroit Red Wings for the second wild card spot in the east. Washington and Detroit face off on Tuesday night from the district.

Ovechkin has now scored eight goals in his last five games, he said:

""I don't know. The puck goes in. You find a way to find the shooting lanes. And, yeah, sticks.""

Ovechkin via Tarik El-Bashir/X

The Caps are off Monday before hosting the Red Wings Tuesday night at 7 p.m. on Monumental Sports Network.