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Capitals look to end five-game slide vs. Canadiens

Jan 4, 2007 - 4:16 PM Montreal (23-11-5) at Washington (16-17-7) 7:00 pm EST

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- The Montreal Canadiens already have made a contribution to the recent struggles of the Washington Capitals.

The Capitals try to snap a five-game skid and return to the .500 mark at the halfway point of the season Thursday when they host the Canadiens.

After beginning their skid with a 6-5 defeat to the the Buffalo Sabres on December 26, the Capitals suffered a 4-1 loss to Montreal the following night. Alexander Semin scored Washington's lone goal on a power play.

Reigning Calder Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin ranks among the league leaders in goals (25) and has nine tallies and 24 points in his last 15 contests. However, he does not have a goal in his last four games.

Brian Sutherby scored his second tally of the campaign and Brian Pothier added his first for Washington in Monday's 3-2 defeat to the Phoenix Coyotes.

After splitting a home-and-home series with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Montreal has won seven of its last 10 contests. Tomas Plekanec scored twice and Alexei Kovalev added a pair of assists for the Canadiens in Tuesday's 5-2 triumph over the Lightning.

Canadiens goaltender Cristobal Huet is 4-1-0 with a 1.99 goals-against average lifetime against Washington.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MONTREAL 1 0 0 1
    WASHINGTON 2 2 1 5 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MON - (PP) CRAIG RIVET 5 (GUILLAUME LATENDRESSE, ALEXEI
    KOVALEV) 9:34
    WAS - (PP) DAINIUS ZUBRUS 15 (ALEXANDER OVECHKIN, ALEXANDER
    SEMIN) 15:21
    WAS - DAINIUS ZUBRUS 16 (ALEXANDER OVECHKIN, STEVE EMINGER)
    17:33
    2ND P

    Jan 4 9:30 PM


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    MONTREAL 1
    WASHINGTON 5
    3RD PRD: WAS - ALEXANDER SEMIN 19 (MATT PETTINGER, LAWRENCE NYCHOLAT)
    9:33

    Canadiens vs. CapitalsJan 4 9:15 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MONTREAL 1 0 1
    WASHINGTON 2 2 4 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MON - (PP) CRAIG RIVET 5 (GUILLAUME LATENDRESSE, ALEXEI
    KOVALEV) 9:34
    WAS - (PP) DAINIUS ZUBRUS 15 (ALEXANDER OVECHKIN, ALEXANDER
    SEMIN) 15:21
    WAS - DAINIUS ZUBRUS 16 (ALEXANDER OVECHKIN, STEVE EMINGER)

    Jan 4 8:40 PM


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    MONTREAL 1
    WASHINGTON 4
    2ND PRD: WAS - ALEXANDER SEMIN 18 (BOYD GORDON) 8:48

    Canadiens vs. CapitalsJan 4 8:26 PM


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    MONTREAL 1
    WASHINGTON 3
    2ND PRD: WAS - LAWRENCE NYCHOLAT 2 (ALEXANDER OVECHKIN, STEVE EMINGER)
    7:52

    Canadiens vs. CapitalsJan 4 8:23 PM


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    MONTREAL AT WASHINGTON
    NOTE:

    Jan 4 7:47 PM


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    MONTREAL 1
    WASHINGTON 2
    1ST PRD: WAS - DAINIUS ZUBRUS 16 (ALEXANDER OVECHKIN, STEVE EMINGER)
    17:33

    Canadiens vs. CapitalsJan 4 7:44 PM


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    MONTREAL 1
    WASHINGTON 1
    1ST PRD: WAS - (PP) DAINIUS ZUBRUS 15 (ALEXANDER OVECHKIN, ALEXANDER
    SEMIN) 15:21

    Canadiens vs. CapitalsJan 4 7:37 PM


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    MONTREAL 1
    WASHINGTON 0
    1ST PRD: MON - (PP) CRAIG RIVET 5 (GUILLAUME LATENDRESSE, ALEXEI
    KOVALEV) 9:34

    Canadiens vs. CapitalsJan 4 7:25 PM