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Jagr closes in on milestone as Rangers battle Caps

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(Sports Network) - The Washington Capitals conclude a four-game homestand this evening when they welcome the New York Rangers to the Verizon Center.

The Capitals improved to 2-0-1 on the trip Thursday when they bested the Los Angeles Kings, 4-3, in overtime. Dainius Zubrus tallied the game-winner with 2:32 left in the extra session.

Zubrus also notched two assists while Boyd Gordon, Ben Clymer and Chris Clark rounded out the scoring for the Capitals. Alex Ovechkin's second-period assist ended a three-game drought without a point -- the longest of the 21-year-old's career.

Netminder Olaf Kolzig stopped 26 of the 29 shots he faced en route to his 19th win of the season. His next victory would give him the eighth 20-win season of his career, a feat no other Capitals netminder has matched.

Having collected at least one point in every game of their current homestand so far, the Capitals now sit eight points out of a playoff spot in the East and are 14-11-4 at the Verizon Center this year.

Washington and New York will get together for the fourth and final time this season tonight. The Rangers have won two of the three matchups this year and five of the last eight overall.

The home team, though, has won seven straight in the series.

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