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NHL: Washington 2, Montreal 0

MONTREAL, March 26 (UPI) -- Braden Holtby racked up his second career shutout Saturday and the Washington Capitals stayed hot with a 2-0 decision over Montreal.

The rookie netminder improved to 10-2-2 since joining the Caps, who won for the third time in four games.

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Marco Sturm and Alexander Semin scored, helping Washington remain only two points behind Philadelphia for the overall lead in the Eastern Conference (100-98).

Montreal hasn't scored in three games and lost for the fifth time in seven contests.

Carey Price made 31 saves for the Habs.

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