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Saturday, March 18th (All times eastern)

Florida Panthers (27-30-9) at Washington Capitals (22-36-7), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Washington Capitals attempt to put the brakes on a four-game losing streak tonight, as they welcome the Florida Panthers to the Verizon Center.

The Capitals were last in action on Thursday when they were handed a 5-4 loss by the New York Rangers. Jaromir Jagr scored the decisive goal in the third period to lead New York at Madison Square Garden.

Brian Sutherby tallied a goal and an assist for the Capitals. Brian Willsie, Bryan Muir and Chris Clark also scored while Olaf Kolzig stopped 22 shots.

Rookie sensation Alexander Ovechkin was held scoreless in the loss. Ovechkin, who leads the Capitals and all NHL rookies with 82 points, has been held without a point in three of the four losses during the current skid.

Tonight's game marks the first of two straight at home for the Caps, who are 15-16-5 as the host this season.

Meanwhile, the Panthers played Friday evening and picked up a win over the visiting New York Islanders. Juraj Kolnik netted the decisive goal in the third period as Florida defeated the Isles, 4-2, at BankAtlantic Center.

Jay Bouwmeester scored his first goal of the season for the Panthers, who had won three straight before losing 4-0 to the Flyers on Wednesday. Joe Nieuwendyk scored his 18th goal of the season and Jozef Stumpel added two assists.

Jamie McLennan stopped 24-of-26 shots to pick up his first win since April 3, 2004, when he was a member of the New York Rangers. McLennan got the nod over Roberto Luongo, who had started 22 straight games and played in 36 in a row.

The contest completed a five-game homestand for Florida, which went 4-1 during the stretch.

Florida is 5-0 against the Caps this season and has won six straight in the series overall.

03/18 10:38:25 ET


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