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Bruins hope to use home-ice advantage against Capitals

Washington (30-15-3) at Boston (34-8-5), 7:00 p.m. EST

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Like many teams this season, the Boston

Bruins failed to win at the Verizon Center. They have a chance

to show the Washington Capitals that they too are pretty good at

home.

The teams with the two best records in the Eastern Conference

clash when the Capitals visit the Bruins on Tuesday.

Boston was outscored, 5-2, in its two losses at Washington -

where the Capitals are a league-best 19-3-1. The Bruins dropped

a 2-1 contest on January 17.

However, the Bruins are 17-3-2 in their own building and enter

the second half of the season with a 10-point lead over the

Capitals for the best record in the East.

Boston erased a two-goal, third-period deficit before winning,

4-3, in a shootout at Toronto last Wednesday. Michael Ryder

scored in the fourth round of the bonus format for the Bruins,

who won for the first time this season when trailing after two

periods.

Washington entered the All-Star break with a 3-2 loss at Ottawa

last Tuesday, snapping a three-game winning streak. Defenseman

Brendan Bell scored the game-winner on the power play for the

Senators with 1:22 remaining.

All-Star Alex Ovechkin, who leads the league with 31 goals, has

recorded one goal and one assist against the Bruins this season.

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