GAME: Washington Capitals (17-32-6-2) at Chicago Blackhawks (16-29-7-5).
TIME: Sunday, 3 p.m. EST.
Bryan Berard and the Chicago Blackhawks are finally enjoying a bit of
The veteran defenseman will look to continue his solid play and help the
Blackhawks extend their season-high winning streak to four games when they host
the Washington Capitals.
Berard scored on the power play in the second period, and helped set up
Tuomo Ruutu's winning goal in overtime as the Blackhawks stayed hot with a 2-1
win over Boston on Saturday.
"I've gotten to practice with the power play," Berard said. "Guys are
looking for me. I've been able to capitalize on my chances."
Berard has 10 goals this season, four off his career high, set in 1997-98
with the New York Islanders. He has five goals and eight assists in the last
Chicago, which is trying to avoid finishing last in the Western Conference,
is 7-10-0-1 since Jan. 1.
Though he was held pointless Saturday, right wing Steve Sullivan has nine
goals, 14 assists and a plus-5 rating in his last 18 games.
Washington went 0-for-6 on the power play in Friday's 5-2 loss at Nashville.
"I think when you're playing well and you're confident and you've got some
wins under your belt those things won't break a hockey team's spirit,"
Capitals coach Glen Hanlon said. "When you're sitting where we are in the
standings, these are the things sometimes that are hard to overcome."
The Capitals, who are ahead of only lowly Pittsburgh in the Eastern
Conference standings, have been outshot in 22 of their last 25 games, and are
winless in their last three (0-2-1).
Forward Robert Lang has been one of the few bright spots for Washington,
registering a point in 45 of 57 games.