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Brouwer, 3rd line lead Capitals past Carolina 5-2

Friday - 4/11/2014, 3:18am  ET

Washington Capitals' Joel Ward (42) shoots against Carolina Hurricanes goalie Anton Khudobin (31), of Kazakhstan, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, April 10, 2014. Ward scored on the play. Hurricanes' Mike Komisarek (5) watches the play. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

AP Sports Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Troy Brouwer scored two goals and the Washington Capitals routed the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 on Thursday night.

All three members of Washington's third line -- Joel Ward, Jason Chimera and Eric Fehr -- each had a goal and two assists. They helped the Capitals claim an easy win in this Metropolitan Division matchup of teams knocked out of the playoff race.

Braden Holtby stopped 36 shots for Washington, which won its third straight after losing five in a row.

This one came one night after the Capitals learned they would miss the postseason for the first time in seven years.

Jiri Tlusty scored a short-handed goal, Radek Dvorak added a late goal and Anton Khudobin finished with 16 saves for the Hurricanes.

Playing their home finale, they lost their third straight -- their seventh losing streak of at least three games this season.

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