The Washington Capitals clinched the top seed in the eastern Conference for the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 4-2 win against the Ottawa senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday. Mike Richards, Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie scored for the Capitals (52-15-5), who also won the Metropolitan Division and ended a three-game losing streak on the road. Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby made 28 saves for his 44th win of the season. He needs four more victories to tie Martin Brodeur for the most wins in a season (48). Brodeur set the record with the New Jersey Devils in 2006-07. The Capitals, coming off a 6-2 loss against the Pittsburg Penguins on Sunday, avoided losing back to back games in regulation for the first time this season. Chris Wideman and Mika Zibanejad scored for the Senators (34-32-8) and Craig Anderson mad 18 saves. Although they won and locked down the top seed, the Capitals weren't happy with letting their 3-0 lead slip away. "That's what won us the game, really getting the lead, because we weren't the better team tonight and that was pretty evident," Holtby said. "We got some goals early and that's kind of the opposite of what we've been doing lately with a good start and then tailed off the rest of the game. The Capitals started with a 33-7-3 record and are 19-8-2 since Jan. 14.