WINNIPEG, CANADA - MARCH 16: Andrew Ladd #16 of the Winnipeg Jets is congratulated by teammates Bryan Little #18, Tobias Enstrom #39 and Dustin Byfuglien #33 after his goal against the Washington Capitals in NHL action at the MTS Centre on March 16, 2012 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

Capitals Vs. Jets: Winnipeg Wins, 3-2, Eastern Conference Playoff Race Tightens

Dustin Byfuglien scores the winner for Winnipeg midway through the third period.

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Capitals Vs. Jets: Washington Falls, 3-2; Still In 8th Place In Eastern Conference

Dustin Byfuglien's goal with 10:39 left in the third period broke a 2-2 tie and gave the Winnipeg Jets a crucial 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals Friday night at the MTS Center.

Byfuglien redirected an Evander Kane centering pass past Tomas Vokoun to put Winnipeg on top for good. The win moved the Jets to within two points of Washington for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Washington remained three points behind idle Florida in the Southeast Division with the loss.

The Capitals had tied the score at 2-2 on a power play goal by Mathieu Perreault just 27 seconds into the third period. Perreault's slapper from the slot got through a screen and past Ondrej Pavelec, who made 22 saves in the win. Vokoun made 28 saves and was unlucky to take the loss.

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Capitals Vs. Jets: Nik Antropov's Goal Gives Winnipeg The Lead

The Winnipeg Jets have a 2-1 lead, but have missed the opportunity to expand on it as the second period has ended at the MTS Center in Manitoba.

Nik Antropov's goal with 3:50 remaining in the period gave Winnipeg a 2-1 lead as the center beat Alex Ovechkin to a spot in front of the net, where he received and potted a centering pass from Tim Stapleton past Tomas Vokoun.

The Jets had a golden opportunity to increase their lead after a holding penalty on Mike Knuble and a delay-of-game penalty against Brooks Laich put the Capitals shorthanded for 1:38. However, Washington was able to kill the penalties and earned a power play of their own with 10 seconds left in the period as Tobias Enstrom was called for holding Laich to prevent a breakaway.

Marcus Johansson missed a large part of the second period after taking a hit to the head from Mark Stuart while skating behind the net in the first period. However, Johansson has since returned to the game. No penalty was called on the play.

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Capitals Vs. Jets: All Square After One Period

A goal from Brooks Laich canceled out an earlier tally by Andrew Ladd as the Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets were tied 1-1 after 20 minutes at MTS Center in Winnipeg.

The Jets took a 1-0 lead after Ladd's initial shot was deflected right back to his feet by Mathieu Perreault. Given a second chance with the backhand shot, Ladd made no mistake, beating Tomas Vokoun at the 11:08 mark of the first period.

The Capitals responded just 22 seconds later when Marcus Johansson's point shot was deflected past Ondrej Pavelec by Laich for his 15th goal of the season.

Vokoun stopped seven of eight shots faced in the first period while Pavelec saved five of six.

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Capitals Vs. Jets: Game Time, TV Information And More

The Washington Capitals head north of the border to face the Winnipeg Jets in a crucial battle for playoff position in the Eastern Conference.

The Caps enter tonight's game in the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 78 points. Washington's next-closest competitor is Buffalo (75 points), with the Jets sitting one point behind the Sabres. The Capitals are also challenging the Florida Panthers for the Southeast Division title. Entering tonight's action, Washington is three points behind Florida.

Here is the start time and TV information for tonight's game.

Time: 8:30 p.m.

TV: CSN+ (check here for channel information); Joe Beninati (play-by-play) and Craig Laughlin (analysis)

Radio: WFED 820 AM and 1500 AM; Al Koken (play-by-play) and Mike Vogel (analysis)

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Capitals Vs. Jets: Alex Ovechkin 'Fine', Will Make Road Trip, According To Dale Hunter

BALLSTON, Va. - Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin is "fine" after an on-ice collision with teammate Mike Knuble during Thursday's practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and will join the team on its upcoming road trip, according to head coach Dale Hunter.

"Just two big guys colliding at full speed," Hunter said.

Ovechkin and Knuble ran into each other at center ice during a drill after what both teammates and Hunter said was some sort of miscommunication regarding what side of the ice Ovechkin and Knuble were supposed to be on. Knuble was fine, but Ovechkin stayed face down on the ice for a few minutes before making his way to the bench and eventually the locker room. He was not made available to reporters.

Hunter said that Ovechkin's head was not impacted and that it was a simple case of Ovechkin having the wind knocked out of him. Hunter also expects Ovechkin to play Friday against the Winnipeg Jets.

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Capitals Vs. Jets: Alex Ovechkin Leaves Practice After Colliding With Mike Knuble

Alex Ovechkin left Thursday's practice after colliding with Mike Knuble.

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