Series (Game 1 of 1)

Washington leads 1-0

Game 1: Monday, January 16th

Capitals 6

(15-24-5, 35 pts)

Coyotes 1

(22-22-2, 46 pts)

4:00 PM ET, January 16, 2006

Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona

1 2 3 T
WSH 1 4 16
ARI 1 0 01

A. Ovechkin (Capitals - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

B. Clymer (Capitals - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

T. Nash (Coyotes - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Washington (14-24-5) at Phoenix (22-21-2) 4:00 pm EST

Washington (14-24-5) at Phoenix (22-21-2) 4:00 pm EST

GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) -- Rookie phenom Alexander Ovechkin looks to lead the Washington Capitals to just their third winning streak of the season Monday when they face the Phoenix Coyotes.

Ovechkin has been just about the only highlight in an otherwise miserable season for the Capitals, who are buried in last place in the Southeast Division with 33 points - 10 points behind fourth-place Florida.

Tops among rookies in both goals (30) and points (55), Ovechkin recorded his first career hat trick Friday as the Capitals snapped a six-game losing streak with a 3-2 overtime triumph in Anaheim.

Ovechkin, who has scored all four of Washington's goals on its three-game road trip, completed the trick 3:04 into the extra session by wristing a shot that went between the legs of both Mighty Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin and goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

Despite Ovechkin's play, the Capitals have won consecutive games just twice this season and have never won three straight. Their last winning streak was from December 22-23.

The Coyotes are returning home after closing a three-game trek with consecutive victories at Buffalo and Toronto following a four-game slide.

On Saturday, Curtis Joseph made 25 saves against his former team and Ladislav Nagy and Fredrik Sjostrom scored in the third period as Phoenix rallied for a 4-3 triumph over the Maple Leafs.