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Wednesday, October 26th (All times eastern)

Washington Capitals (3-6-0) at Buffalo Sabres (6-2-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres shoot for their longest winning streak of the young season tonight when they welcome the Washington Capitals to HSBC Arena.

Buffalo has won two straight games three times this year, but will go for a three-game spurt this evening. Boston and the NY Rangers have been the victims during the latest streak.

On Saturday, Daniel Briere and Ales Kotalik scored on the power play and Ryan Miller stopped 22 shots to lead Buffalo to a 3-1 victory over the New York at HSBC Arena.

Rory Fitzpatrick put the Sabres in front midway through the second period, while Teppo Numminen had two assists in the win.

Miller has started all eight Buffalo games in the early going, and his six wins are one shy of Ed Belfour's record for victories by a rookie in the month of October. Belfour went 7-3-0 for the Chicago Blackhawks in October 1990.

Briere, meanwhile, has scored a goal in each of the last four games.

The Sabres will visit New Jersey on Friday.

Washington, meanwhile, has lost two straight and four of its last five games. On Saturday the Caps dropped a 4-0 contest against visiting Carolina. Goaltender Olaf Kolzig was under pressure all night as he faced 41 shots, stopping 37 of them.

Rookie Alexander Ovechkin, the first-overall pick in the 2004 Entry Draft, saw his eight-game point streak snapped in the loss. On the season, Ovechkin has six goals and four assists.

The Capitals open a four-game road trip tonight and will visit Tampa Bay on Friday.

Buffalo swept four games from Washington in 2003-04, outscoring the Caps by a combined 21-4 margin.

10/26 10:26:23 ET


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