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WASHINGTON – Braden Holtby made 27 saves while shutting out the Boston Bruins for the third time this season, Marcus Johansson had a goal and an assist and the Washington Capitals defeated the Bruins 3-0 on Wednesday night.
Holtby earned his 41st win of the season to match the franchise record set by Olie Kolzig in 1999-00.
John Carlson and Matt Niskanen also scored for Washington, which leads the Islanders by three points for second place in the Metropolitan Division and home ice in the first round of the playoffs. New York has one game in hand.
Nicklas Backstrom and Troy Brouwer each had two assists for the Capitals, who have won nine of 12.
Boston, which had won five straight, still holds second wild card in the Eastern Conference with 95 points. Both the Bruins and the Ottawa Senators (95 points) have two games remaining, and Boston has two more regulation and overtime wins.