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Holtby stops 32 shots, Backstrom sets franchise record in Washington's 2-0 win over Boston

  • Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) and defenseman Karl Alzner (27) defend with goalie Braden Holtby (70) in the goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Sunday, March 15, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) and defenseman Karl Alzner (27) defend with goalie Braden Holtby (70) in the goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Sunday, March 15, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19), from Sweden, defenseman John Carlson (74) and left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, celebrate Carlson's goal in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Sunday, March 15, 2015, in Washington. Backstrom was given an assist on the goal and with that became the Capitals franchise all time assist leader. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19), from Sweden, defenseman John Carlson (74) and left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, celebrate Carlson's goal in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Sunday, March 15, 2015, in Washington. Backstrom was given an assist on the goal and with that became the Capitals franchise all time assist leader. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) works against Boston Bruins left wing Loui Eriksson (21), from Sweden, with goalie Braden Holtby (70) in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, March 15, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) works against Boston Bruins left wing Loui Eriksson (21), from Sweden, with goalie Braden Holtby (70) in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, March 15, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)  (The Associated Press)

Braden Holtby made 32 saves for his eighth shutout of the season, Nicklas Backstrom became Washington's career assists leader, and the Capitals cooled the surging Boston Bruins with a 2-0 victory Sunday night.

Holtby rebounded from being pulled during the second period of Friday night's loss after allowing four goals on 22 shots.

Washington moved two points ahead of Boston for the first Eastern Conference wild-card spot.

Backstrom assisted on goals by John Carlson and Nate Schmidt, moving past Michal Pivonka and Alex Ovechkin (418 each) on the Capitals's assists list with 420.

The Bruins had won five straight, and were 7-0-1 in their last eight. Tuukka Rask, playing his second game in as many nights, stopped 36 shots.