Capitals aim to begin new win streak against Ducks

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Washington (10-4-3) at Anaheim (10-7-2) 10:00 p.m. EST

ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- The Washington Capitals'

near-perfect play had to end sometime.

After having their five-game win streak snapped, the Capitals

try to begin another surge on Wednesday when they visit the

Anaheim Ducks.

Following a regulation and overtime loss to start November,

Washington went on a five-game run where it hardly made a

mistake. The Capitals scored at least three goals in every

contest and did not give up more than two tallies in any game

during the streak.

Nicklas Backstrom was Washington's key cog over the stretch,

registering a goal and six assists. Backstrom continued his

strong play on Saturday, scoring a goal and setting up four

others, but it wasn't enough as the Capitals suffered a 6-5

shootout loss in the second game of a home-and-home series with

the New Jersey Devils.

The Ducks have not been nearly as good as Washington of late and

snapped a 0-2-1 slide with a 2-0 victory against the Los Angeles

Kings on Sunday.

Jonas Hiller stopped 29 shots to record his first career NHL

shutout. Corey Perry extended his points streak to three games

with a first-period goal and defenseman Bret Hedican also

tallied as Anaheim defeated the Kings for the eighth time in the

last 10 meetings - including the last five at the Honda Center.

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