There was a time in the not too distant past that if you stopped Alex Ovechkin you stopped the Capitals.

Not anymore. At least not the way Troy Brouwer is scoring goals.

Ovechkin continued his chase for the Rocket Richard Trophy with his league-leading 29th and 30th goals of the season, but it was the contributions of the Caps’ second line that was too much for the Montreal Canadiens to handle in the Caps’ 5-1 win Saturday night at the Bell Centre.

“I know in the past it’s been a lot about Alex and it still is,” Brouwer said after netting his 18th and 19th goals of the season. “But by having a second line that’s producing we’re making it a lot tougher for D-men on the other team to try to pair up against either Alex or our line because both lines have been dangerous pretty much every night for the last little while.”

With the win the Capitals are now 13-2-1 in their last 16 games, a streak that began with back-to-back wins in Winnipeg on March 21 and 22. The Caps are now three points ahead of the Jets in the Southeast Division standings and can clinch the division with a regulation win over the Jets Tuesday night at Verizon Center.

“I pretty happy I’m scoring goals. I pretty happy we’re winning games,” Ovechkin said. “But we still have three games left and the next game is going to be the biggest game of the year. We have to be professional about it and be ready for the next game.”

Although the Caps took control of the game early, they needed Braden Holtby to stop 35 of 36 shots to stave off any threat of a Canadiens comeback. Holtby was the beneficiary of Raphael Diaz hitting the goal post with the Caps leading 2-0, but he also made a nice poke-check on Tomas Plekanec, who was all alone in front, and robbed Alex Galchenyuk with a glove save in the third period.

“We’re still giving up more [chances] than we’d like,” Holtby said. “I got lucky and they hit a few posts.”

Holtby also showed his competitive side, giving Travis Moen a face full of his blocker when Moen crashed the net in the second period.