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Monday, November 26th (All times eastern)

Buffalo Sabres (10-10-1) at Washington Capitals (8-14-1), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Capitals are clicking under their new head coach. Washington will go for its third straight win since the bench change tonight when they host the Buffalo Sabres at the Verizon Center.

After a 6-14-1 start, the Capitals relieved Glen Hanlon of his coaching duties on Thursday and named Bruce Boudreau interim coach. Boudreau was coaching Washington's American Hockey League affiliate, the Hershey Bears.

Washington won Boudreau's debut on Friday over the Philadelphia Flyers, and then made the new coach a winner in his home debut on Saturday. Alex Ovechkin scored a pair of goals, including a clutch tally in the final minutes, to lift the Capitals over the Hurricanes, 5-2.

Ovechkin extended his points streak to a season-high eight games, amassing seven goals and three assists in that span. The Russian leads the Capitals with 16 goals and 26 points.

Michael Nylander scored a goal and added two helpers for Washington, which snapped a five-game home losing streak with the win. Nicklas Backstrom added two assists, and Olaf Kolzig stopped 35 shots for the Capitals in the win.

Washington will hope that it can keep getting production from players other than Ovechkin. Nylander is second on the club with six goals, 10 behind Ovechkin.

The Capitals are 3-7-0 as the host and wrap a three-game homestand on Wednesday versus the Florida Panthers.

The Sabres snapped a four-game road losing streak on Saturday with a 3-0 win over Montreal, and improved to 3-6-1 as the visitor. Jocelyn Thibault made 24 saves to earn his 38th career shutout for Buffalo against his former club.

Jaroslav Spacek, Thomas Vanek and Jochen Hecht all scored for the Sabres, who earned a home-and-home sweep over the Canadiens following a 4-2 win in Buffalo Friday and won for the fourth straight time overall.

Thibault was brilliant in a spot start for Buffalo's usual netminder, Ryan Miller, who made 30 saves in the weekend's earlier win over Montreal.

Derek Roy had an assist and has three goals and three helpers during a five- game points streak.

On the injury front, defenseman Henrik Tallinder (shoulder) is out indefinitely, while forward Drew Stafford (strained shoulder) is questionable for tonight's game.

The Sabres have won four in a row over Washington, including a 7-3 home victory this season with Spacek and Roy scoring twice. Buffalo has also won five of its last six trips to Washington.

11/26 10:40:12 ET


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