WASHINGTON – Mike Green’s two power-play goals less than 11/2 minutes apart in the third period and Alex Ovechkin’s NHL-leading 54th tally helped the Washington Capitals beat the New York Islanders 5-3 on Wednesday night to near a second consecutive division title.

Thrashers 3, Sabres 2

ATLANTA – Ilya Kovalchuk scored on an unassisted breakaway with 29.9 seconds left in overtime to give the Atlanta Thrashers a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.

Maple Leafs 3, Flyers 2

TORONTO – Jamal Mayers, Lee Stempniak and Ian White scored for the already-eliminated Toronto Maple Leafs in a 3-2 win over the playoff-hopeful Philadelphia Flyers.

Penguins 6, Devils 1

PITTSBURGH – Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby scored power-play goals and the Pittsburgh Penguins ended one of the best homestands in franchise history, twice scoring two goals in a matter of seconds against Martin Brodeur during a 6-1 rout of the skidding New Jersey Devils.

Brodeur and the Devils extended a late-season slump (0-5-1) that is jeopardizing their high playoff seeding.

Brodeur had allowed six goals against the Penguins only once previously, on March 11, 2006, in Pittsburgh.

during a 6-3 Penguins victory.

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