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Wednesday, February 25th (All times eastern)

Carolina Hurricanes (19-27-12-3) at Washington Capitals (19-33-8-2), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes try to push their unbeaten streak to three games tonight when they visit the Washington Capitals at the MCI Center.

Carolina is 1-0-1 in its last two, including Monday's 2-1 win at Toronto. Kevin Weekes stopped 28 shots and Ron Francis scored his first game-winning goal of the season to lead the Hurricanes to the decision.

Francis' goal was the 545th of his career, moving him past the great Maurice "Rocket" Richard for sole possession of 20th place in NHL history. Erik Cole also scored for Carolina, which won for just the second time in 10 games (2-4-3-1).

The Hurricanes, though, are virtually out of the playoff race with just 53 points this season. They trail the eighth-place NY Islanders by 16 points in the race.

Carolina, which is 1-3-1 in its last five road games, plays the second portion of a four-game trip tonight and will visit Montreal on Saturday.

Washington, meanwhile, had a four-game unbeaten string (2-0-2) snapped via Monday's 6-3 loss to visiting Tampa Bay. Martin St. Louis tallied a goal and three assists to lead the Lightning.

Olaf Kolzig, named NHL defensive player of the week prior to the game, stopped 29 shots for Washington. Kolzig also had his personal five-game unbeaten streak come to an end (2-1-3).

Josef Boumedienne, Brian Willsie and Anson Carter scored goals for the Capitals in the setback. Robert Lang recorded two assists for Washington and now has a point in 12 straight games (5g, 10a). He leads the NHL with 73 points overall -- two ahead of St. Louis.

The Capitals, 2-1-2 in their last five at home, will visit Florida on Friday.

Washington is 4-0-1 against Carolina this season, and 10-1-3 in the last 14 meetings overall. The Hurricanes are 0-5-1 in their last six trips to DC.

02/25 10:40:48 ET

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