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The Capitals are looking to win their third in a row, while the Lightning attempt to turn things around.
Quick news and notes from Tuesday's morning skate at Kettler Capitals Iceplex as the Caps [16-12-2] face the Lightning [17-10-2] at Verizon Center [7 p.m., CSN]:
Move over, Hoyas and Terps. The Atlantic 10 team that plays in Foggy Bottom, not far from the White House, is back on the national radar. Rebuilt by coach Mike Lonergan, the Colonials are receiving votes in The Associated Press poll with a sophomore-heavy lineup that should only get better.
Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored four times for the third time in his career to lead the Caps to a wild 6-5 win over the Lightning.
Alex Ovechkin scored four goals and Nicklas Backstrom recorded one goal and four assists, spearheading an incredible rally back from a 3-0 deficit in the most entertaining regular season game in Chinatown in years.
D.C. are native Ty Lawson (hamstring) is not expected to face John Wall and the Wizards Monday night
The Wizards almost overcame the loss of three starters to pull out a victory, but they scored just 29 points in the second half and failed to convert a field goal in the last four minutes.
The BB&T Classic lived up to its name as George Washington's Maurice Creek sank a buzzer-beater to knock off Maryland on Sunday afternoon.
Ailments to Nene, Kevin Seraphin and Al Harrington will make beating Denver a difficult task Monday at Verizon Center.
A right knee injury to Kevin Seraphin makes the foot injury to Nene even more significant for the Wizards, who will have no size coming off the bench if neither can play Monday.
Including Game 6 and 7 of last year's playoffs, the Capitals have been blanked by Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist three straight times.
Karl Alzner and Nate Schmidt scored their first goals of the season and Alex Ovechkin, Troy Brouwer and Eric Fehr also found the back of the net as the Caps rolled over the Nashville Predators 5-2 for their third win in four games.
Follow along with stats and live updates as the Capitals take on Nashville on Saturday night at Verizon Center. The puck drops at 7 p.m. on CSN.
The Colonials (7-1) and Terps (5-3) matchup for the 68th time and first since 2008 in the second game of the BB&T Classic doubleheader Sunday at Verizon Center. George Mason (5-3) and Oklahoma (7-1) tip-off at 1 p.m.
Instant analysis of the Capitals' 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators Saturday night at Verizon Center.