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Thursday, January 26th (All times eastern)

Washington Capitals (17-26-5) at Boston Bruins (20-21-8), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Boston Bruins hope to continue their momentum surge tonight when they welcome the Washington Capitals to the TD Banknorth Garden.

Boston has won two straight games and four of their last five overall. On Tuesday, P.J. Axelsson scored the game-winning goal in the third period to lift the Bruins past the Atlanta Thrashers, 3-2, at Philips Arena.

Marco Sturm and Brad Stuart also tallied for the Bruins. Patrice Bergeron picked up two assists while Tim Thomas made 22 saves in the victory.

Axelsson, a winger on the checking line, ended a seven-game goal-less drought and posted his first game-winning tally of the season. Thomas, meanwhile, improved to 4-2 with a 1.93 goals-against average and .930 save percentage in eight appearances (six starts) this season. Both of his losses were in overtime.

The Bruins can match their best winning streak of the season with a win tonight, as they won three in a row from October 8-13.

Boston will host the NY Islanders on Friday.

The Capitals, meanwhile, have lost two straight on the heels of a four-game winning streak. On Wednesday they dropped an 8-1 tilt in Pittsburgh, as Mark Recchi and John LeClair scored two goals apiece to lift the Penguins.

Alexander Ovechkin scored his 34th goal of the season and Olaf Kolzig stopped 29 of 37 shots for the Capitals.

Washington only went 1-for-11 on the power play during the course of the night.

The Capitals, who are 6-14-1 on the road, will host Tampa Bay on Sunday.

Boston is 2-0 against Washington this season, and 6-2-2 (2 losses, 2 ties) in the last 10 meetings overall.

01/26 10:20:19 ET

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