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Monday, December 29th (All times eastern)

Boston Bruins (13-10-9-4) at Washington Capitals (11-21-3-1), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Boston Bruins attempt to put the brakes on a six-game winless streak tonight when they travel to the MCI Center to face the Washington Capitals.

Boston's latest setback came in the form of a 4-2 loss in Tampa on Saturday.

Rob Zamuner and Glen Murray both scored for the Bruins, who are 0-4-2 in their last six contests. Andrew Raycroft turned away 18-of-22 shots.

Murray's 12th goal of the season, on a backhand shot in the crease at 1:32 of the third period, got Boston within 3-2. However, Boston wouldn't score again and Brad Richards tallied with just 59 seconds left to seal the victory for the Lightning.

Boston has just two wins in its last 17 games (2-8-6-1) and has only managed seven goals during its six-game winless streak.

The Bruins, 9-5-3-3 on the road, open a three-game homestand against Ottawa on Tuesday.

Washington, meanwhile, suffered a 3-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres at home on Saturday night.

Peter Bondra scored the lone goal for the Capitals, who have now lost two of three and have just one win in their last five games (1-2-2). Olaf Kolzig made 37 saves in a losing effort.

The Sabres' Daniel Briere snapped a 1-1 tie early in the third and Jochen Hecht scored on an empty net to arrive at the final margin.

Washington defenseman Brendan Witt returned after missing seven games with a shoulder injury. Meanwhile, Jaromir Jagr was held without a point for only the fourth time in his last 23 games.

Tonight's game ends a five-game homestand for Washington, which is just 5-9-1-1 at the MCI Center this season. The Caps are one victory shy of 1,000 for their franchise history, having gone 999-1,038-296-15 all-time.

The home team is 8-1-2 in the last 11 meetings and the Bruins have dropped two straight in the Nation's capital.

12/29 15:45:32 ET


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