Carlson takes it for Caps, Holtby eyes Brodeur’s single-season wins record

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The Washington Capitals only have so much drama to offer with virtually everything clinched, yet they generated two legit stories in their 1-0 overtime win against the New Jersey Devils.

Most impressively, Braden Holtby earned his third shutout and 45th win of the 2015-16 season. With that, Holtby is really creeping on Martin Brodeur’s single-season record for goalie wins at 48.

The Capitals have nine games remaining this season, so there’s at least a possible best-of-both worlds scenario for Washington: he can chase the record and still maybe get a little breather toward the playoffs.

The other cool story: in his first game back from that lingering lower-body injury, John Carlson scored the game’s only goal in overtime.

And he did so emphatically:

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Actually, there are some “sub-stories” of note.

For one thing, Scott Wedgewood’s shutout streak ended, even if he continued what’s been a remarkable introduction to the NHL.

Also, the Capitals have one another thing to shoot for, beyond Holtby’s possible record:

The Devils, meanwhile, saw their long odds at a playoff run get that much longer on Friday night.