WASHINGTON (AP) -- One day after missing a game because of the
flu, Peter Bondra was healthy enough to lead the Washington
Capitals past the worst team in the Eastern Conference.
Bondra, who sat out Saturday's game in New Jersey, had a
power-play goal and an assist to lead Washington to a 4-3 victory
over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.
"Yesterday was an extra day," Bondra said. "When they left
for Jersey, I had a tough day, high fever. But after 24 hours,
everything settled down and I got my strength back."
Robert Lang scored his 23rd goal of the season and had three
assists for Washington, which earned a point for the fifth straight
game and moved five points ahead of the last-place Penguins in the
Bondra scored Washington's second power-play goal of the game
from the right faceoff circle off a pass from Sergei Gonchar,
beating Sebastien Caron and giving Washington the lead for good at
9:47 of the second period.
"That's the way our special teams have been all year,"
Pittsburgh coach Eddie Olczyk said. "When our power play is going
well, our penalty kill lets us down."
After Lang opened the scoring, the Pittsburgh power play worked
quickly as Kraft took a sharp pass from Dick Tanstrom at the blue
line and beat Olaf Kolzig with a wrist shot just 15 seconds after a
Washington's Mike Grier went off for boarding.
Koltsov gave the Penguins the lead with an unassisted power-play
goal 11 seconds after a holding call on Joel Kwiatkowski.
Doig tied the game with a high wrist shot at 6:28, and Bondra
scored just more than three minutes later.
"It's not just what you see on the ice, it's also about what
they have to talk about in the locker room," Washington Coach Glen
Hanlon said about Bondra's return. "All of a sudden, you have
Halpern scored with 13:03 left, giving Washington a 4-2 lead.
However, Berehowsky pulled the Penguins within a goal when he
scored during a scramble in front of the net with 3:08 left.
^Notes:@ The Penguins have scored a power-play goal in four straight
games. ... Doig's last goal came against Tampa Bay on Nov. 14. ...
Jaromir Jagr had two assists to push his points streak to five
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Arena: Verizon Center Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Referees: Blaine Angus, Bob Langdon Linesmen: Michel Cormier, Tim Nowak
Attendance: 16,168 (87.9% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Robert Lang (23)
(Power Play) Assists: Sergei Gonchar, Peter Bondra
Milan Kraft (7)
(Power Play) Assists: Dick Tarnstrom, Drake Berehowsky
Konstantin Koltsov (4)
(Power Play) Unassisted
Jason Doig (1)
Assists: Robert Lang, Jaromir Jagr
Peter Bondra (16)
(Power Play) Assists: Sergei Gonchar, Robert Lang
Jeff Halpern (8)
Assists: Jaromir Jagr, Robert Lang
Drake Berehowsky (3)
Assists: Konstantin Koltsov, Milan Kraft