- Associated Press - Friday, March 22, 2013

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — 

Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals enjoyed their two-game stay in Winnipeg.

Holtby made 30 saves as the Capitals beat the Jets 6-1 on Friday, a victory that followed a 4-0 win against the Jets on Thursday.

“Anywhere you can come and get two wins, it’s a pretty good city,” Holtby said after Alex Ovechkin scored twice for the win that lifted the Capitals past Tampa Bay into third place in the Southeast Division.

“For some reason, we play really well here as a group. Probably three of our best games all year have come in this building. It’s good because they’re the guys we’re chasing.”

That third game was a 3-0 shutout March 2. The Jets managed a 4-2 win in Washington near the start of the season.

Brooks Laich, Troy Brouwer, Jay Beagle and Mike Green also scored for the Capitals and team scoring leader Mike Ribeiro had two assists.

Dustin Byfuglien scored for Winnipeg, which kept its tenuous hold on first place in the Southeast with closest rival Carolina idle.

For Holtby, this could be a turning point. He said the Caps also played well in Pittsburgh before coming to Winnipeg for a rare back-to-back series, although they didn’t win.

“We’re getting in the groove. You can feel it in the dressing room. the guys are confident and guys are ready to make a push here. It’s a good feeling and that’s what we’ve been waiting for all year.”

Byfuglien scored Winnipeg’s only goal in the third, winning a standing ovation as he stopped what looked like another shutout.

The Jets outshot the Capitals 31-24 and showed a lot more life than Thursday, although the result was the same.

“What can you say, they scored goals and we didn’t,” said Jets coach Claude Noel who described it as a bump in the road and a learning experience.

“At one point the shots were 30-17 and we were down, 5-1 but that’s what you get sometimes.”

He also wasn’t as down on the level of play as he was after Thursday, when Winnipeg came out flat and stayed that way.

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