Washington (36-28-5) at Ottawa (48-20-1)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Fri Mar 28, 2003
  • TV: Comc, SN
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OTTAWA (TICKER) —The Ottawa Senators can set a franchise record for wins when they host the Washington Capitals on Friday night.

Ottawa, which set the record of 48 wins in 2000-01, is within two points of tying the franchise mark of 107, also set two seasons ago.

The Senators are the only Canadian team to have three seasons of 100 or more points since 1992-93 and are trying to become the first team north of the border to win the Presidents’ Trophy since the 1988-89 Calgary Flames finished with 117 points.

Ottawa leads the Dallas Stars by two points for the NHL’s best record.

The Senators returned home from a four-game road trip Tuesday and settled for a 2-2 tie with the Colorado Avalanche.

Vaclav Varada scored with 54 seconds remaining in regulation, but Alex Tanguay beat goaltender Patrick Lalime with 11 seconds left to force overtime.

Captain Daniel Alfredsson collected his 51st assist after missing Saturday’s game at Florida with a hip injury.

Marian Hossa had a eight-game points streak snapped and remains one goal shy of Alexei Yashin’s franchise record of 44 set in 1998-99.

Washington is 2-2-0 on a six-game road trip and trails first-place Tampa Bay by four points.

A loss by the New York Rangers on Wednesday clinched a playoff berth for the Capitals. The Capitals are headed to the postseason for the 18th time and could finish anywhere from fifth to eighth.

Washington trails fifth-place Toronto by five points, leads seventh-place Boston by two and leads the eighth-place New York Islanders by five.

The Capitals rebounded from Sunday’s 6-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks with a 4-3 overtime triumph over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.

Jaromir Jagr returned after a six-game absence due to a wrist injury on Tuesday and assisted on Josef Boumedienne’s game-winning goal 3:09 into overtime.

Ottawa leads the season series, 2-0, and has outscored the Capitals, 11-4. The teams conclude the season series at the MCI Center on April 3.

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