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January 27, 2009
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When, where: Tonight, 7, at TD Banknorth Garden.
TV, radio: Versus, WBZ (1030 AM).
Goals: Alex Ovechkin 31, Alexander Semin 18, Tomas Fleischmann 15.
Assists: Nicklas Backstrom 36, Ovechkin 28, Semin 23.
Goaltending: Jose Theodore (17-9-1, 2.81), Brent Johnson (11-6-2, 2.75).
Head to head: This is the third of four meetings. The Capitals won twice at the Verizon Center, 3-1 Dec. 10 and 2-1 Jan. 17.
Miscellany: Ovechkin sealed the East's 12-11 victory in the All-Star Game Sunday night in Montreal with a goal in the third round of the shootout. The reigning NHL MVP also had a goal and two assists in the game . . . Backstrom, the fourth overall pick in the 2006 draft, is excelling in his second season with the team. The 21-year-old, second on the team in points with 48, was selected to represent the sophomores in the YoungStars game as part of All-Star weekend but skipped the event because he said he wanted to rest . . . The Capitals have the best home record in the East at 19-3-1, but they are under .500 on the road at 11-12-2.

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