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Top two teams in East meet when Bruins host Capitals

Washington (39-18-5) at Boston (42-12-8) 1:00 p.m. EST

BOSTON (Ticker) -- The Boston Bruins have put their drought in

the past.

The Bruins go for their third straight win on Saturday when they

host the Washington Capitals.

Boston has sat atop the Eastern Conference for a majority of the

season but hit a rough patch earlier in February, going 1-4-2.

However, the Bruins have responded emphatically, scoring six

goals apiece while surrendering only one total tally in wins

over the Florida Panthers and Anaheim Ducks.

Chuck Kobasew and Michael Ryder recorded two goals apiece and

All-Star Tim Thomas turned aside all 35 shots he faced and added

an assist as the Bruins sealed the win against the Ducks by

scoring four times in the second period.

Boston will need more of the same against the Capitals, who

trail the Bruins by nine points in the East standings and have

split their last four games following a three-game win streak.

After dropping a 4-2 decision to the Philadelphia Flyers on

Tuesday, Washington rebounded by edging the Atlanta Thrashers,

4-3, on Thursday.

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