NHL Wrap: Washington stay on top

The Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 5-3 to stay on top of the NHL Metropolitan Division on Wednesday.

This was the Bruins' first defeat in four games as Nicklas Backstrom was involved in three goals, setting up TJ Oshie's opener then scored himself. At the end of the first period, Brad Marchand pulled a goal back for Bruins before the end of the first period then tied the match up at 2-2 when he scored again 2:49 into the second period.

Washington stepped it up with goals by Alex Ovechkin, Brett Connolly and Evgeny Kuznetsov and David Krejci scored a late consolation goal for Boston.

In other games, Jeff Carter scored twice as the Los Angeles Kings thumped the Colorado Avalanche 5-0, while the Calgary Flames hammered Central Division leaders, the Minnesota Wild 5-1 ending their three-game winning streak as Sean Monahan scored twice, Alex Chiasson, Deryk Engelland and Michael Ferland added goals and for the Wild, Jason Zucker was on target.