Ovechkin scored his 50th goal of the season in the Capitals’ 4-2 victory over the Hurricanes, ripping a shot past goaltender Cam Ward just 11:12 into the first period.
Crosby is in line to win the scoring title with what can be projected to be about 85 points. That’s a number Wayne Gretzky reached by midseason when he accumulated 215 during his record-setting year in 1985-86.
Ovechkin had a goal in each of the first two periods, and Chimera broke a tie in the third with his first goal in 21 games as the Capitals fought off the Rangers, then held on for a 5-2 victory.
Filip Forsberg scored during a three-goal first period and had two assists as the Predators became the first Western Conference team to clinch a playoff berth with a 4-3 win over the Capitals on Saturday.
The Capitals got rare goals from Niskanen, Karl Alzner and Eric Fehr, along with 29 saves from Braden Holtby, to beat the Devils, 3-2, in overtime on Thursday, allowing them to hang onto the top wild card playoff spot.