Series (Game 2 of 4)

Montreal leads 3-1

Game 1: Tuesday, October 14th
Game 2: Friday, November 28th
Game 3: Tuesday, December 23rd
Game 4: Sunday, January 4th

Canadiens 5

(10-11-1, 22 pts)

Capitals 3

(6-15-1, 14 pts)

7:00 PM ET, November 28, 2003

Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia

1 2 3 T
MTL 3 1 15
WSH 1 1 13

S. Souray (Canadiens - D): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

M. Garon (Canadiens - G): Saves: 31, Save Pct.: .912

M. Ribeiro (Canadiens - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Montreal (9-11-1-1) at Washington (6-14-1-1) 7:00 pm EST

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- The Washington Capitals could be without Jaromir Jagr on Friday night when they host the Montreal Canadiens.

Jagr has a nine-game points streak but played just five shifts in Wednesday's 5-2 loss at Buffalo. He set up Robert Lang's tally before leaving with a groin injury.

The subject of trade rumors, Jagr has not missed a game this season and has eight goals and 21 points. He missed 20 contests in his first two seasons with the Capitals and is questionable for Friday.

After Jagr left, Washington gave up five unanswered goals and failed to win consecutive games for the first time.

"That hurts us, (Jagr) backs teams off," Washington coach Bruce Cassidy said after the loss. "Every team is aware when he's on the ice and he's been really going for the last month or three weeks."

Lang extended his points streak to a career-high 13 games but Radislav Stana failed to follow up Monday's win at Detroit, where he made 38 saves to become the first Slovakian goaltender to win an NHL game.

Montreal's 46 goals are the third-fewest in the Eastern Conference and Tuesday's 5-2 home loss to Vancouver marked the 14th time it had been held to two goals or fewer.

Niklas Sundstrom and former Capital Richard Zednik tallied in the loss, while goaltender Jose Theodore was denied his 100th career victory as the Canadiens fell to 4-9-1-1 in their last 15 games.

This is the second meeting of the season between the teams. Montreal posted a 5-1 home win over Washington on October 14 as Theodore made 16 saves and Yanic Perreault collected two goals and an assist. Lang scored Washington's only goal.