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Simon delivers with late power-play goal

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chris Simon got to show the Washington Capitals
just what they gave up when they traded him away.

Simon's power-play goal with 1:26 left in the third period
lifted the Chicago Blackhawks into a 2-2 tie with the Capitals on
Friday night.

Simon, acquired from Washington on Nov. 1, redirected Alex
Zhamnov's shot between Olaf Kolzig's pads with Chicago goalie
Jocelyn Thibault pulled for a sixth attacker.

"I won't get any jabs from those guys,'' Simon said of the
Capitals, his team for six seasons. "I won't have any bragging
rights and neither will they.

"We played hard for 65 minutes and it would have been nice to
have the two points. If I would have put the last chance in (for a
win), it would have felt real good.''

Phil Housley also scored for the Blackhawks, who outshot the
Capitals 38-16.

"We played a great game tonight,'' Thibault said. "Besides
Kolzig, I thought we played well enough to win.''

Jaromir Jagr had a goal and an assist, and Robert Lang also
scored for the Capitals.

Kolzig stopped Steve Sullivan's penalty shot in the last minute
of the first period.

"That's what he does,'' Washington coach Bruce Cassidy said.
"He's an all-star type goaltender and he showed it tonight.''

Still, Kolzig was upset about surrendering Simon's goal.

"It stings,'' he said. "We had them and took a (late) penalty.
We had a couple of chances to get the puck out and they
capitalized.''

The Blackhawks outshot the Capitals 10-1 in the first period,
but Washington converted its lone shot and led 1-0 after 20
minutes.

Jagr, left uncovered by Chicago defenseman Steve Poapst,
completed a give-and-go with Sergei Gonchar at 3:37 by swatting in
a shot from the right circle.

Kolzig made a pad save on Sullivan's penalty shot with 41.7
seconds left. Sullivan was awarded the try after being pulled down
by Ken Klee.

Chicago outshot Washington 12-5 in the second, but trailed 2-1
after 40 minutes.

An apparent goal by Washington's Steve Konowalchuk with 4:29
left in the second was disallowed because he kicked the puck toward
the net.

Housley tied it a 1 with 3:25 left with a 4-on-3 goal. He beat
Kolzig with a rising shot from the top of the right circle.

Lang put the Capitals ahead 2-1 just 1:40 later. His shot from
the right wing sailed over Thibault's glove and just under the
crossbar.

Both teams had chances in overtime. A shot by Zhamnov with 1:29
left nearly trickled in after Kolzig made the original save. The
loose puck, however, was swept away.

Game notes
Chicago RW Eric Daze, who led the team with 38 goals and 70
points last season, played his first game Friday since undergoing
surgery for a herniated disc on Sept. 25. He assisted on Housley's
goal. ... Jagr has four goals and six assists in eight games. ...
Gonchar had one goal and eight assists in seven contests. ...
Washington D Brendan Witt missed his third game due to a sprained
shoulder. He's day-to-day. ... Former NHL president John Ziegler
attended and was in the Blackhawks dressing room after the game.