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

WASHINGTON - 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 helped 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.

Ottawa goalie Andrew Hammond made 23 saves in his first game since Nov. 12.

The Capitals pressured Ottawa throughout the first period, taking the lead when Latta broke in alone on Hammond and flipped a high shot past him with 5:54 left. Dmitry Orlov sprung Latta with a pass from near centre ice. Carlson scored at 5:43 of the second off Justin Williams' cross-ice feed. Latta started the play in the neutral zone.

NOTES: The Capitals will host two World Cup of Hockey exhibition games next year. The United States will play Finland on Sept. 13, 2016, and Sweden will face Team Europe the following day. ... Latta had only three points (one goal and two assists) in 18 games previous games this season. ... Ottawa has lost five of its last six road games.

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