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Capitals/Red Wings preview: Washington tested for second straight game

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On Thursday night, the Washington Capitals went to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia to face a Flyers team that has grabbed an early lead in the Atlantic Division.

Jason Chimera has four goals to start the season for Washington. (Photo: Associated Press)

The Caps trampled the previously unbeaten in regulation Flyers 5-2 on the back of three quick third period goals. On Saturday night, the test only gets harder when one of the powerhouses of the Western Conference, the Detroit Red Wings, visits Verizon Center.

Alexander Ovechkin broke out of his season-opening slump to score twice in the victory over the Flyers, while Tomas Vokoun picked up his fourth consecutive win in net.

Washington is 6-0-0 o start a season for the first time since the team joined the league 37 years ago.

The Red Wings, though, come into D.C. with guns blazing as well.

Detroit sports their own 5-0-0 record coming into Saturday's game, and they  extended their winning streak Friday night in a decisive 5-2 win at home over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Valtteri Filppula had a goal and three assists in the effort while Johan Franzen just barely missed an empty net goal in the 3rd period that would have given him a hat trick.

Franzen leads the team in goals with four, while goaltender Jimmy Howard has only allowed seven goals in four starts.

Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. After tonight, the Capitals have four days off until they set off for western Canada for games in Edmonton and Vancouver.

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