The Washington Capitals are mired in a six-game losing streak, and coach Bruce Boudreu is doing his best not to panic.

"The world is not doom and gloom to us," he said yesterday.

The Captials will be trying to end their longest skid since March 2007 when they host Anaheim tonight.

"We haven't been in this situation and we don't know what to do when we're losing," said two-time league MVP Alex Ovechkin, who has just two goals during the six-game slide. "We're losing and we have to forget about it. We have to refresh our minds, forget about losing and remember how to win."

The Capitals have outshot the opposition in each game during the skid but have been shut out four times in their last 13 contests.

"I hate losing. I looked it up, and I don't think I've been on a team that's lost more than three games in a row since 2001," Boudreau said. "It's something that weighs on me because I take it personally. I don't like what's going on, but I do believe in everybody in the room and that we're going to get out of it."


* Anaheim has extended coach Randy Carlyle's contract through the 2011-12 season, and has also given a 1-year extension to David McNab, senior vice president of hockey operations.

In a game last night:

* At Edmonton, Phil Kessel and Kris Versteeg each had one goal and one assist as the Toronto Maple Leafs blitzed the Oilers, 4-1.