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Capitals go for fourth straight win

Washington (8-4-2) at Carolina (8-5-2), 7:00 p.m. EST

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- The Washington Capitals eye

their fourth straight victory when they visit the Carolina

Hurricanes on Wednesday.

Washington went 3-0-0 on its latest homestand, capped with a 4-2

victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.

Defensemen Tom Poti and Mike Green scored first-period goals and

Alex Ovechkin snapped a nine-game scoring drought with his third

tally of the season late in the third period. It was the

23-year-old's first goal since he scored twice on October 11.

Since returning from his two-game absence to be with his ailing

grandfather in Russia, Ovechkin has one goal and four assists in

his last four contests.

The Hurricanes are finishing a three-game homestand and have

split the first two contests. Carolina dropped a 5-2 decision

to Atlanta on Sunday.

Ray Whitney had a goal in the loss and leads the team with 13

points. The left wing has registered a point in five of his

last six games.

Washington won the first of eight meetings, 3-2, last Thursday.

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