Holtby remains hot as Capitals edge Senators

– Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals patiently turned away the Ottawa Senators.

Holtby made 26 saves in Washington's 2-1 victory Wednesday night, lowering his NHL-best goals-against average to 1.83 and improving to 20-4-1.

"He's an eraser," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "Good goaltending erases a lot of mistakes. I think his mental toughness is off the charts. I think everybody would agree in our room that he's the most valuable player for us so far this year."

Holtby has allowed three goals in his past three games.

He credited his team's steady defense for making his job easier. The Capitals stayed away from turnovers in their zone or mistakes that gave Ottawa chances off scoring rushes.

"They are a pretty good offensive team, and we did a good job," Holtby said. "Those guys have some pretty good shooters over there, so if you turn it over at the wrong times, they're going to make you pay."

Holtby has helped the Capitals earn points in the standings in his past 13 games. That's the longest in the NHL this season.

HIGHLIGHT

•RASK, BRUINS BLANK PENGUINS: Tuukka Rask stopped 34 shots for his fourth shutout, Jimmy Hayes ended a 15-game goal-scoring drought and the Bruins beat Pittsburgh 3-0 in Boston, keeping new Penguins coach Mike Sullivan winless after his first two games.

•ANY WAY YOU SAY IT: Canadiens star P.K. Subban has a suggestion for the French-language rights group that complained about the way hockey announcers were pronouncing the defenseman's first name during French-language broadcasts. He joked that "since we're changing the pronunciation of my name, just start calling me Denzel." Montreal La Presse obtained a complaint filed by a little-known language group saying it didn't like the English pronunciation of his initials and suggesting the French "Pay-Kah'' instead.

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