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Friday, November 28th (All times eastern)

Montreal Canadiens (12-5-4) at Washington Capitals (12-7-3), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Fresh off his first hat trick of the season, Washington superstar Alex Ovechkin will try to lead the Capitals to a second straight win when they welcome the Montreal Canadiens for tonight's test at the Verizon Center.

Ovechkin recorded his sixth career hat trick and added an assist in leading Washington to a 5-3 decision over the visiting Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday night.

The 23-year-old Russian phenom posted his first hat trick since March 3 of last season and also extended his point streak to nine games in the process. Ovechkin has exploded for 10 goals and 11 assists during the run and is now leading the Caps with 29 points on the year.

The nine-game point streak is tied with Philadelphia's Simon Gagne for the longest current stretch in the NHL.

Viktor Kozlov also scored a goal and chipped in two assists, while Eric Fehr notched a goal for Washington, which snapped a three-game slide and improved to 8-0-1 at home this season. Jose Theodore needed just 15 saves to pick up the win.

The Capitals, who are ending a brief two-game homestand tonight, are one of two teams left in the league without a regulation loss as the host this season. San Jose is 12-0-1 on home ice this season.

Washington has been bit by the injury bug recently as the team was without seven players on Wednesday because of various ailments. The injured include the team's top defenseman in Mike Green (shoulder) as well as forwards Alexander Semin (back) and Sergei Fedorov (ankle). Those players are considered day-to-day and are not expected to return until next week.

Caps defenseman Tom Poti injured his groin in Wednesday's game and is questionable for tonight's tilt. If Poti is unable to play, Washington will have just five healthy defensemen for this evening's contest.

The Canadiens, meanwhile, ended a two-game slide with Wednesday's road win over the defending Stanley Cup champions. Tomas Plekanec's first goal in nine games proved to be the game-winner, as Montreal downed the Detroit Red Wings, 3-1, at Joe Louis Arena.

Maxim Lapierre and Christopher Higgins also scored for the Canadiens, who snapped a two-game slide, but earned a point for the fourth straight game (2-0-2).

Carey Price stopped 32 shots to pick up the win and improve to 10-4-3 on the season.

The Habs, who will begin a season-long seven-game homestand Saturday against Buffalo, are 7-3-2 as the visiting team this season.

Montreal has two of three, four of six and seven of the last 10 meetings with the Caps. The Canadiens have been defeated in two of their last three stops to Washington.

11/28 11:03:18 ET


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