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“We didn’t execute some things but for me the will was there, the game was really out of reach. It was a tough game to be part of. …

“I still like our team and we’re still at the top of our division, we’re still a team that I believe will make the playoffs and that’s where we’re going. The world is not going to end tomorrow, I don’t think.”

Laich, who only returned to the Capitals on Thursday from an injury at the start of the season, scored first Friday. He raised a shot past Ondrej Pavelec’s glove side from the left faceoff circle at 12:10

The Jets had a few more chances at the Washington net but couldn’t get past Holtby.

Evander Kane came close, but a few seconds later at the other end of the ice, Brouwer and Ribeiro broke away and Brouwer picked the same corner of the net as Laich.

“We got more pucks to the net, which is something we wanted to do,” Kane said.

“We had some scoring opportunities but we didn’t have enough. Everything they touched kind of went in.”

The second period followed the same pattern as the first.

Beagle scored after taking a pass from Joel Ward in front of Pavelec. It was enough for Noel, who pulled Pavelec for backup Al Montoya at the 5:50 mark. Pavelec finished with six saves on nine shots.

But he didn’t fault his starter, who has kept the Jets in a lot of games this season when it looked like they were outclassed.

Pavelec said the Jets didn’t deserve to win.

“We have to go back to our plan and play the way we want to play,” he said.

“It’s disappointing, (there’s) no excuse for it that’s for sure, but tomorrow’s another day and another game Sunday.”

Montoya, who had 12 saves, didn’t fare any better than Pavelec. Ovechkin fired a screamer of a wrist shot into the Winnipeg net about two minutes after the goalie change.

Green then slapped one past Montoya to start the third period.

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