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Carlson, Ward score in 2nd period as Capitals beat Red Wings 3-1, improve to 12-1-4 in last 17

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WASHINGTON - John Carlson and Joel Ward scored in the second period, Braden Holtby stopped 26 shots and the Washington Capitals beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 Saturday night.

Troy Brouwer also scored for Washington, which improved to 12-1-4 in its last 17 games.

Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, named to his second NHL All-Star game earlier Saturday, left early in the first period with a groin injury after attempting to make the save on Brouwer's goal. Howard finished with two saves.

Jonathan Ericsson scored his first goal of the season for Detroit, and Petr Mrazek made 12 saves in relief of Howard.

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