Series (Game 1 of 1)

Nashville leads 1-0

Game 1: Wednesday, December 7th

Predators 5

(18-4-3, 39 pts)

Capitals 2

(9-16-2, 20 pts)

7:00 PM ET, December 7, 2005

Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia

1 2 3 T
NSH 2 1 25
WSH 0 1 12

M. Zidlicky (Predators - D): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

P. Kariya (Predators - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

C. Mason (Predators - G): Saves: 30, Save Pct.: .938

Nashville (17-4-3) at Washington (9-15-2) 7:00 pm EST

Nashville (17-4-3) at Washington (9-15-2) 7:00 pm EST

WASHINGTON (Ticker) - Nashville Predators goaltender Tomas Vokoun is having the kind of season that could eventually earn him the Vezina Trophy.

Vokoun looks to lead the Predators to their 10th win in their last 12 contests when they meet the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.

An original Predator from the 1998 Expansion Draft, Vokoun was named the league's Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after winning three times with a 1.30 goals- against average. He ranks among the league leaders with 15 victories this season.

Paul Kariya had a goal and an assist in regulation and added the clinching tally in the shootout to give Nashville its 200th victory with a 4-3 triumph over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

Washington, which opens a stretch of four games against Western Conference opponents, is 28th on the league in goals allowed (104), ahead of just Pittsburgh and Atlanta.

Rookie sensation Alexander Ovechkin had a goal and three assists and netminder Olaf Kolzig stopped 37 shots as the Capitals snapped a five-game losing streak with Saturday's 5-1 triumph over the New York Rangers.

Washington has won three of its four home meetings against Nashville in a series that is deadlocked, 4-4-1.