Julien Brouillette broke a scoreless tie with his first NHL goal midway through the third period, Braden Holtby stopped 25 shots and the Washington Capitals beat the New Jersey Devils 3-0 Saturday night in the teams' final game before the Olympic break.
Brouillette, playing his second NHL game, beat Cory Schneider on the short side with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle at the 10:50 mark.
Martin Erat scored an empty-netter with 1:47 left for his first goal of the season and Troy Brouwer added another - his 100th career goal - 36 seconds later. Nicklas Backstrom had two assists.
Schneider finished with 23 saves.
The win moves Washington to within one point of eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 63 points.
New Jersey is in the thick of the hunt with 61 points, and both teams will have 23 games remaining after the break.
The Capitals have won three of their last four and snapped a seven-game losing streak (0-6-1) against Metropolitan Division opponents.