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Thursday, January 29th (All times eastern)

Washington Capitals (15-29-5-2) at Carolina Hurricanes (17-23-9-2), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - A night after toppling former teammate Jaromir Jagr and the New York Rangers, the Washington Capitals seek their second straight win when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center.

Washington ended a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 win at Madison Square Garden. Olaf Kolzig made 32 saves, including 19 in the third period to back the decision.

Jeff Halpern and Trent Whitfield each scored for the Capitals, who won on the road for the first time since December 16 (0-4-1-1).

Washington owner Ted Leonsis did not travel with the team to New York, as the NHL suspended him after he apologized for a tussle with a fan. Leonsis, 48, is to have no contact with his club for one week and the team was fined $100,000 for the incident. According to published reports, Leonsis accosted a fan after a home loss to Philadelphia on Sunday.

In the first home game for Washington after trading away Jagr, Leonsis apparently grabbed a 20-year-old season ticket-holder by the neck and threw him to the ground after absorbing his taunts throughout the game.

Washington will host Vancouver on Saturday.

Carolina, meanwhile, is 2-2 in its last four tries, including Tuesday's 2-0 win in Toronto. Kevin Weekes made 32 saves for his sixth shutout of the season at Air Canada Centre.

Weekes turned aside 10 shots in the first period and stopped 11 in both the second and third for his 19th career shutout, but it was opportunistic goals from Erik Cole and Josef Vasicek that led to the Hurricanes snapping a two- game slide.

The Hurricanes, 0-4-1 in their last five home matches, will open a three-game road trip Saturday in Detroit.

Washington has won all three meetings with Carolina this season, by a combined score of 13-3. The Caps have gone 9-1-2 in the last 12 clashes overall, and are 4-1-1 in their last six trips to Raleigh.

01/29 10:29:20 ET


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