Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Matt Niskanen, Jay Beagle, Karl Alzner

Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, center, of Russia, celebrates with teammates Nicklas Backstrom, left, of Sweden, Matt Niskanen (2), Jay Beagle (83) and Karl Alzner (27) after scoring a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin and Marcus Johansson each scored two goals, and the Washington Capitals beat Columbus 4-2 on Tuesday night to extend the Blue Jackets’ losing streak to nine games.

Braden Holtby stopped 24 shots, and Nicklas Backstrom and Andre Burakovsky had two assists apiece to help the Capitals win their third straight.

After Johansson gave Washington the lead for good with 66 seconds elapsed, Ovechkin scored twice during a nine-minute span of the first period to make it 3-1.

It was a one-goal game before Johansson scored on a wraparound at 14:39 of the third period.

Cam Atkinson and David Savard scored for the injury-plagued Blue Jackets, 0-8-1 since Oct. 23. They have been outscored 39-18 over that span.

The nine-game skid equals the longest in franchise history; Columbus went 0-7-2 from Dec. 10-26, 2009.

The Blue Jackets played a seventh straight game without top goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who has a broken finger. Curtis McElhinney started in his place and was pelted with 31 shots in falling to 0-5-1.

Columbus was without injured forwards Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov and Mark Letestu. In addition, defenseman Jack Johnson completed a three-game suspension for an illegal check.

After being outscored 4-0 in the first period of their last game, a 7-4 loss to Tampa Bay, the Blue Jackets again struggled during the opening 20 minutes.

Soon after Johansson scored his seventh goal of the season from the left side of the net, the Capitals went to a 5-on-3 power play. Ovechkin connected from the left circle with a shot that soared over McElhinney’s right shoulder at 7:49.

Columbus closed to 2-1 at 9:52 on a wrist shot by Atkinson off a faceoff in the Washington zone.

Notes

Canadiens: Montreal acquired defenseman Sergei Gonchar from the Dallas Stars for forward Travis Moen.

Gonchar missed the first 11 games of the season with a foot injury and has one assist in three games since his return.

The 40-year-old defenseman has 798 points (219 goals, 579 assists) in 1,256 regular-season games since making his NHL debut in 1994-’95.

Moen has yet to record a point in 10 games this season. Moen has 125 points (56 goals, 69 assists) in 690 regular-season games with the Canadiens, San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks.

Ducks: Right wing Corey Perry and defenseman Francois Beauchemin have missed practice because of a viral gland infection.

Perry and Beauchemin are being kept away from their teammates with their contagious condition, the Ducks said Tuesday. Both veterans are undergoing further medical tests.

Perry has missed the Ducks’ last three games after falling seriously ill and requiring intravenous fluids from a local hospital last week.

The nine-game skid equals the longest in franchise history; Columbus went 0-7-2 from Dec. 10-26, 2009.

The Blue Jackets played a seventh straight game without top goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who has a broken finger. Curtis McElhinney started in his place and was pelted with 31 shots in falling to 0-5-1.

Columbus was without injured forwards Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov and Mark Letestu. In addition, defenseman Jack Johnson completed a three-game suspension for an illegal check.

After being outscored 4-0 in the first period of their last game, a 7-4 loss to Tampa Bay, the Blue Jackets again struggled during the opening 20 minutes.

Soon after Johansson scored his seventh goal of the season from the left side of the net, the Capitals went to a 5-on-3 power play. Ovechkin connected from the left circle with a shot that soared over McElhinney’s right shoulder at 7:49.

Columbus closed to 2-1 at 9:52 on a wrist shot by Atkinson off a faceoff in the Washington zone.

Notes

Canadiens: Montreal acquired defenseman Sergei Gonchar from the Dallas Stars for forward Travis Moen.

Gonchar missed the first 11 games of the season with a foot injury and has one assist in three games since his return.

The 40-year-old defenseman has 798 points (219 goals, 579 assists) in 1,256 regular-season games since making his NHL debut in 1994-’95.

Moen has yet to record a point in 10 games this season. Moen has 125 points (56 goals, 69 assists) in 690 regular-season games with the Canadiens, San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks.

Ducks: Right wing Corey Perry and defenseman Francois Beauchemin have missed practice because of a viral gland infection.

Perry and Beauchemin are being kept away from their teammates with their contagious condition, the Ducks said Tuesday. Both veterans are undergoing further medical tests.

Perry has missed the Ducks’ last three games after falling seriously ill and requiring intravenous fluids from a local hospital last week.

The nine-game skid equals the longest in franchise history; Columbus went 0-7-2 from Dec. 10-26, 2009.

The Blue Jackets played a seventh straight game without top goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who has a broken finger. Curtis McElhinney started in his place and was pelted with 31 shots in falling to 0-5-1.

Columbus was without injured forwards Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov and Mark Letestu. In addition, defenseman Jack Johnson completed a three-game suspension for an illegal check.

After being outscored 4-0 in the first period of their last game, a 7-4 loss to Tampa Bay, the Blue Jackets again struggled during the opening 20 minutes.

Soon after Johansson scored his seventh goal of the season from the left side of the net, the Capitals went to a 5-on-3 power play. Ovechkin connected from the left circle with a shot that soared over McElhinney’s right shoulder at 7:49.

Columbus closed to 2-1 at 9:52 on a wrist shot by Atkinson off a faceoff in the Washington zone.

Notes

Canadiens: Montreal acquired defenseman Sergei Gonchar from the Dallas Stars for forward Travis Moen.

Gonchar missed the first 11 games of the season with a foot injury and has one assist in three games since his return.

The 40-year-old defenseman has 798 points (219 goals, 579 assists) in 1,256 regular-season games since making his NHL debut in 1994-’95.

Moen has yet to record a point in 10 games this season. Moen has 125 points (56 goals, 69 assists) in 690 regular-season games with the Canadiens, San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks.

Ducks: Right wing Corey Perry and defenseman Francois Beauchemin have missed practice because of a viral gland infection.

Perry and Beauchemin are being kept away from their teammates with their contagious condition, the Ducks said Tuesday. Both veterans are undergoing further medical tests.

Perry has missed the Ducks’ last three games after falling seriously ill and requiring intravenous fluids from a local hospital last week.

The nine-game skid equals the longest in franchise history; Columbus went 0-7-2 from Dec. 10-26, 2009.

The Blue Jackets played a seventh straight game without top goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who has a broken finger. Curtis McElhinney started in his place and was pelted with 31 shots in falling to 0-5-1.

Columbus was without injured forwards Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov and Mark Letestu. In addition, defenseman Jack Johnson completed a three-game suspension for an illegal check.

After being outscored 4-0 in the first period of their last game, a 7-4 loss to Tampa Bay, the Blue Jackets again struggled during the opening 20 minutes.

Soon after Johansson scored his seventh goal of the season from the left side of the net, the Capitals went to a 5-on-3 power play. Ovechkin connected from the left circle with a shot that soared over McElhinney’s right shoulder at 7:49.

Columbus closed to 2-1 at 9:52 on a wrist shot by Atkinson off a faceoff in the Washington zone.

Notes

Canadiens: Montreal acquired defenseman Sergei Gonchar from the Dallas Stars for forward Travis Moen.

Gonchar missed the first 11 games of the season with a foot injury and has one assist in three games since his return.

The 40-year-old defenseman has 798 points (219 goals, 579 assists) in 1,256 regular-season games since making his NHL debut in 1994-’95.

Moen has yet to record a point in 10 games this season. Moen has 125 points (56 goals, 69 assists) in 690 regular-season games with the Canadiens, San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks.

Ducks: Right wing Corey Perry and defenseman Francois Beauchemin have missed practice because of a viral gland infection.

Perry and Beauchemin are being kept away from their teammates with their contagious condition, the Ducks said Tuesday. Both veterans are undergoing further medical tests.

Perry has missed the Ducks’ last three games after falling seriously ill and requiring intravenous fluids from a local hospital last week.

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