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Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Troy Brouwer scored twice and Braden Holtby stopped 27 shots to notch his fourth career shutout, as the Washington Capitals crushed the Florida Panthers, 5-0, in the opener of a home-and-home series on Saturday at Verizon Center.

Joel Ward and Mathieu Perreault each registered a goal and an assist, while Alex Ovechkin also lit the lamp for the Capitals, who snapped a three-game slide.

Florida goaltender Jose Theodore was pulled midway through the third period after giving up all five goals on just 21 shots as the Panthers lost for the second time in their last three games.

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