Backstrom, Ovechkin power 1st-place Caps past Blue Jackets

Washington Capitals' Braden Holtby, left, makes a save against Columbus Blue Jackets' Boone Jenner during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Nicklas Backstrom scored twice, Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist and Braden Holtby earned his league-leading 30th win to lift the NHL-best Washington Capitals past the last-place Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3 on Tuesday night.

Marcus Johansson added a goal and an assist, and Jason Chimera and Andre Burakovsky also scored for Washington, off to the best start in franchise history at 35-8-3. Evgeny Kuznetsov had a career-high four assists, and Matt Niskanen chipped in with two.

Holtby made 32 saves after being pulled Saturday in a 4-1 loss to Buffalo. The following night he couldn't finish a win against the Rangers because of a migraine that blurred his vision.