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Holtby shuts out Bruins for third time this season, Capitals win 3-0

  • Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby reaches for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby reaches for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)  (The Associated Press)

  • Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) celebrates his goal with Troy Brouwer (20) during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) celebrates his goal with Troy Brouwer (20) during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)  (The Associated Press)

  • Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), of Russia, skates with the puck against Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), of Russia, skates with the puck against Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)  (The Associated Press)

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.