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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Brett Leason, Daniel Sprong and Daniel Sgarbossa each had a goal and an assist to pace the Washington Capitals to a 5-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets Friday night.

The win moved them atop the NHL's Metropolitan Division with 43 points on the season.

Conor Sheary also scored for the Capitials.

Vitek Vanecek made 40 saves for Washington, who moved to 18-5-7.

Brendan Dillon and Josh Morrissey scored for the Jets, who played their first game without Paul Maurice, who tendered his resignation as Head Coach earlier in the day.

His resignation ended a nearly nine season tenure as Head Coach of the Jets and resulted in a game day scramble for Dave Lowry, who replaced him behind the bench.

Nikolaj Ehlers had a pair of assists for Winnipeg, who dropped to 13-11-5 on the season.

Connor Hellebucyk turned aside 34 shots.

There was no scoring in the first period.

Brett Leason opened the scoring 3:11 into the second when Michael Sgarbossa picked up a shoot in along the side boards before skating up the side boards feeding Leason in the high slot.

Leason snapped the disc past Hellebuyck to make it 1-0.

Daniel Sprong gave the Capitals a two-goal cushion at 8:43 when Aliaksei Protas hit him with a crisp pass inside the left faceoff circle.

The Capitals winger drew the puck back before unleashing a wrister, beating Hellebuyck blocker side to make it 2-0.

The goal was his 5th of the season.

Winnipeg responded with a push following the tally, generating a partial breakaway for Andrew Copp and when Evgeni Svechnikov broke past the Washington defence, attempting to stuff the disc past Vanecek.

Brendan Dillon got Winnipeg on the board 14:32 into the second when his shot from the point beat Vanecek glove side to make it 2-1.

The Jets tied the contest just over two minutes into the third on the power play.

With Dimitri Orlov off for tripping, Josh Morrissey coverted a Nikolaj Ehlers feed, snapping a wrister past Vanecek to make it 2-2.

The goal was his 5th of the season.

Conor Sheary gave the Capitals the lead 10:51 into the third after he pounced on a rebound in the crease after Justin Schultz kicked the disc off of the post right onto Sheary's stick.

The goal was his 7th of the season.

New Jets Head Coach Dave Lowry elected to pull his goaltender with 2:50 remaining in regulation but the move backfired when Michael Sgarbossa hit the empty net with 2:40 left.

The goal sealed the win for the Capitals.

Alex Ovechkin added another empty netter to make it 5-2 with 51 seconds remaining.

The goal was his 22nd of the season.

SHOTS-WASHINGTON 39 WINNIPEG 42

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Philip Paul-Martin

A well rounded journalist with experience in both print and broadcast mediums, Philip has written news stories with impact, broken national news while at the CBC, anchored radio news and hosted talk show radio. His coverage includes feature writing, game stories and more in-depth pieces during the off-season as well as writing about the National Hockey League and the Winnipeg Jets. He calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home.