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Holtby stops 31 shots, Fehr scores 2 goals to help Capitals shutout Penguins 3-0


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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Braden Holtby stopped 31 shots and Eric Fehr scored two goals as the Washington Capitals defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-0, on Saturday.

Fehr, who scored twice during the Capitals' win in the 2011 Winter Classic at Pittsburgh, did it again on Saturday with his eighth and ninth goals of the year. Marcus Johansson got his 10th for the Capitals, who won for the fifth time in seven games.

Washington also defeated Pittsburgh for the first time since Jan. 22, 2012, a span of nine games.

Holtby, making a career-high 12th straight start, has eight wins during that stretch. It was his 16th win and third shutout of the season on Saturday.

The Penguins, who saw a five-game home win streak end, lost their third straight overall, dropping back-to-back regulation games for the first time this season. Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves.

Johansson gave Washington a two-goal lead at 5:36 of the third period, snapping a wrist shot past Fleury from the top of the circle during a two-on-one.

Fehr was falling to the ice when he tapped Joel Ward's redirection behind Fleury from the top of the crease, making it 3-0.

Washington has eight wins in 12 games played this month.

Saturday's game was a homecoming of sorts for Capitals' defensemen Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen - both were with Pittsburgh last season before signing in Washington as free agents in July.

The Penguins continue to deal with injury and a league-wide mumps outbreak.

Forward Steve Downie and backup goaltender Thomas Greiss were the latest confirmed cases, joining captain Sidney Crosby, who missed three games earlier this month, forward Beau Bennett and defenseman Olli Maatta.

The Penguins, who have dressed 31 skaters this season, were without 13 players, including 10 that dressed on opening night, during a loss earlier this week at Florida.

Pittsburgh, which welcomed center Brandon Sutter and defenseman Robert Bortuzzo back to the lineup, lost Patric Hornqvist, who has scored 13 goals, after the first period on Saturday with an undisclosed injury.

Fehr opened the scoring late in the first period.

Jay Beagle's centering pass hit Penguins' defenseman Scott Harrington in front, and Fehr was there to tap the loose puck past Fleury.

Holtby and Fleury starred during a scoreless second period.

Fleury stopped Beagle on a breakaway early in the period, while Holtby followed it up later, denying Crosby from the top of the crease.

NOTES: Maatta will be out four weeks while continuing a rehab program on an upper-body injury. The Capitals have earned a point in 10 of their last 12 road games. The Penguins visit New Jersey on Monday. . Pittsburgh scratched D Brian Dumoulin in addition to Downie and Greiss, while Washington sat LW Jason Chimera and D Nate Schmidt. Pittsburgh recorded its 300th straight sellout...The Capitals visit the New York Islanders on Monday, playing on the road for the sixth time in seven games, before opening 2015 at Nationals Park in Washington, where they will meet the Chicago Blackhawks in the annual Winter Classic...Orpik, who won a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009, appeared in 703 games, a team record for a defenseman, recording 132 points and 734 penalty minutes. Niskanen led all NHL defensemen with a plus-33 rating last year, establishing a career-best 46 points.

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