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Wednesday, March 8th (All times eastern)

Pittsburgh Penguins (14-36-12) at Washington Capitals (21-33-6), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Rookie sensation Alexander Ovechkin tries to stretch his goal-scoring streak to seven games tonight when his Washington Capitals welcome the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Verizon Center.

Ovechkin has tallied seven goals in his last six matches, and has three assists in that time as well. On Monday, Ovechkin scored twice and surpassed the 40-goal mark for the season, as the Capitals toppled the New York Islanders, 5-2, in DC.

The phenom also had an assist, Bryan Muir scored twice and Olaf Kolzig stopped 40 shots for his 250th career victory, tying him with Johnny Bower for 35th all-time. Jeff Friesen had a goal and an assist to reach the 500-point mark in his NHL career, as the Capitals snapped a two-game skid and won for just the second time in eight contests.

Ovechkin leads all NHL rookies with 41 goals and 76 points. He is 10 points ahead of Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby in the rookie scoring race.

The Capitals opened a five-game homestand at the newly-renamed Verizon Center and will host New Jersey on Friday.

Pittsburgh, meanwhile, has lost three straight games. On Tuesday the Pens dropped a 5-4 shootout tilt to Tampa Bay in the finale of a three-game homestand. Vinny Prospal and Brad Richards scored in the shootout and John Grahame stoned both shooters he faced to lift the Lightning.

Sidney Crosby tallied a goal and an assist, and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 30 shots for the Penguins. Ryan Malone, Josef Melichar and Ryan Whitney added a goal apiece for Pittsburgh.

Crosby tallied his first goal following the Olympic break.

The Pens will host New Jersey on Saturday.

Pittsburgh is 3-0 against Washington this season, and has won four straight meetings overall.

03/08 10:14:54 ET


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