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Noel tried mixing up his lines Friday night. Chris Thorburn moved up to the third line with Nik Antropov and Kyle Wellwood and later Blake Wheeler was skating with Kane and Olli Jokinen, but nothing seemed to work for the Jets.

It was Byfuglien who broke through with a puck that was fired from the boards near the goal line and sliced past Holtby on a sharp angle to catch the edge of the net.

Ovechkin then slapped one past Montoya on Washington’s final power play of the game at 15:58 for his second goal of the night.

Noel had some parting advice for his players ahead of Sunday’s home game against Tampa Bay.

“The best thing our players can do is get away from hockey and go see a movie and clear your head, because we’ve got a game on Sunday,” he said.