It was a scene that had unfolded so many times before in recent years for the Washington Capitals. A two-on-one with Nicklas Backstrom on one side, Alex Ovechkin on the other and an opposing defenseman in the middle with an unenviable task.

Backstrom put the puck on Ovechkin’s tape with a saucer pass, and with a flick of his wrists the star winger beat Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Justin Peters on his glove side. The goal gave the Capitals a lead they wouldn’t relinquish en route to a 5-3 win at PNC Arena on Tuesday night.

As the puck came to rest in the back of the net, Ovechkin added an exclamation point seldom seen this season: a jubilant leap into the end boards that sent the glass rattling under the weight of his enthusiasm.

The Capitals’ brightest stars, Ovechkin, Backstrom and Mike Green — the remaining “Young Guns” — looked like their most potent offensive selves, totaling nine points to help the Capitals inch closer to a playoff berth.

“You mean the good old days?” Backstrom said with a wide smile. “It’s good, we’re working hard out there. . . . We’ve got to come to work every night. It’s do or die for us right now. You’ve got to come to work every night, it’s going to be important.”

Ovechkin recorded his 19th and 20th goals of the season to become the only player to reach the 20-goal plateau in all eight seasons since the 2004-05 lockout and extend his personal scoring streak to nine games. He has 10 goals and five assists in that span.

Backstrom posted his first four-assist night since Nov. 11, 2010, and Green scored two goals in a single contest for the first time since Oct. 22, 2011.