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Mason, Blue Jackets end Capitals' winning streak at seven games

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WASHINGTON - Steve Mason made 45 saves for the sixth shutout of his rookie season and the injury-depleted Columbus Blue Jackets beat Washington 3-0 on Friday night, ending the Capitals' winning streak at seven.

R.J. Umberger, Fedor Tyutin and Jared Boll scored, and Manny Maholtra had two assists for the Blue Jackets, playing without eight regulars, including leading scorers Rick Nash and Kristian Huselius. Nash, selected Wednesday to the Western Conference all-star team, has a lower-body injury, while Huselius is out with concussion.

The Blue Jackets, wrapping up a six-game trip, ended Washington's home winning streak at nine, dropping the Capitals to 18-2-1 at Verizon Center.

The Blue Jackets clogged the passing lanes and limited Washington's dangerous offence to low-percentage perimeter shots, but the Capitals still piled up a 45-23 shots advantage. It was Mason's second shutout over Washington this season; he previously beat the Capitals 3-0 on Nov. 29 at Columbus.

The Capitals held an 18-4 edge in shots after the opening 20 minutes, but Umberger's 12th goal put Columbus ahead 9:27 into the first. Washington's Jose Theodore stopped Jakub Voracek at the right post, but Umberger poked in a loose puck through traffic from in front.

At 18:06 of the second period, with Washington's Milan Jurcina off for holding, Tyutin converted on a power play for a 2-0 lead. From the right, Tyutin one-timed Maholtra's cross-ice feed.

Washington's best chance to score came 14:41 remaining and Mason shifting to defend the right post. The puck bounced to David Steckel to the left of the goal, but Steckel pushed a shot off the left post and the rebound skittered behind the cage.

With 5:09 left, Boll's power-play goal made it 3-0. Washington Mike Green clanged a power-play chance off the right post with 2:21 left and Mason gobbled up Alex Ovechkin's long wrister through traffic with 1:14 remaining.

Notes: Seven of Umberger's goals have come against Eastern Conference foes. He had 13 goals in 74 games with Philadelphia last year. ... Earlier Friday, the Capitals recalled D Tyler Sloan from Hershey of the AHL. He replaced D Jeff Schultz (finger) in the lineup. ... C Sergei Fedorov, who had missed 26 of 29 games with an ankle sprain, and LW Tomas Fleischmann, who sat out six games with pneumonia, rejoined the Washington lineup. ... Capitals C Boyd Gordon was injured in warmups and did not play.

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