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Washington Capitals vs. New Jersey Devils

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

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Washington Capitals vs. New Jersey Devils
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GAME: Washington Capitals (8-15-1-1) at New Jersey Devils (12-5-6-0).

TIME: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. EST.

The Washington Capitals look to extend their first winning streak of the season as they face the suddenly struggling New Jersey Devils at Continental Airlines Arena.

The Capitals beat the New York Islanders 4-1 Tuesday, becoming the last team in the NHL to win consecutive games this season.

"It wasn't lost on us," said Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig, who stopped 25 shots. "We've been awful for the first two months, but now we're starting to turn it around a bit."

The Capitals opened the season 1-7-1 and ranked 27th in the league with three goals allowed per game through Tuesday. They have allowed at least three goals in all but one of their losses this season.

However, Kolzig, who now has seven wins, said that his team is showing signs of improvement.

"I've gotten to the point where I'm just going to play hockey," Kolzig said. "I'm not going to get wrapped up in any other things. And though it seems strange to say, everyone here is being selfish, but in a good way. I think we're all doing the same thing -- just playing our best and seeing what happens."

Dainius Zubrus had a goal and an assist against the Islanders, and Kip Miller, Jaromir Jagr and Joel Kwiatkowski also scored for Washington, which is playing the third game of a five-game road trip.

The Capitals have won four of their last six road games.

The Devils lost 3-1 to the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday, extending their winless streak to four games (0-2-2). They are 0-1-2 since ending a team record-tying 13-game unbeaten streak (10-0-3).

"It's only a couple of loses in what, 16 games?" Devils captain Scott Stevens said. "I don't know if we're in a slump yet."

Jay Pandolfo scored the only goal for New Jersey, which has scored just one goal in its last three games.

2003-2004 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Feb 19 '04 NJD 1 at WSH 3 M. Pettinger
Jan 17 '04 WSH 1 at NJD 2 - OT P. Elias
Jan 01 '04 NJD 2 at WSH 2 - OT J. Kwiatkowski
Dec 04 '03 WSH 0 at NJD 3 P. Martin
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