Braden Holtby makes 26 saves, Capitals beat Senators 2-1 to 3rd straight win

Braden Holtby made 26 saves to help the Washington Capitals beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Wednesday night.

Holtby lowered his NHL-best goals-against average to 1.83 and improved to 20-4-1. He has allowed three goals in his last three games, making 35 saves in a 2-1 victory at Tampa Bay on Saturday night and 44 in a 4-1 victory over Pittsburgh on Monday night.

Michael Latta opened the scoring in the first period and set up John Carlson's second-period goal.

Washington's Tom Wilson was hit with a late match penalty, and Bobby Ryan scored for Ottawa on the power play with 4:14 left

Eastern Conference-leading Washington has won three consecutive games and four of its last five. Ottawa has dropped three of its last four games.