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WASHINGTON 4, NY RANGERS 3 (OT)

3/18/2004

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jaromir Jagr's return trip to Washington was
wrecked by former Capitals linemate Kip Miller.

Miller scored a power-play goal 1:18 into overtime that gave the
Capitals a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

He found a loose puck in front and easily put it past Mike
Dunham to win it while Rangers forward Jamie Lundmark was off for
hooking.

"I've played against [Jagr ] enough to know, " Miller said. "I
think for him, it was a little bit harder for the first two
periods. It's tough to see him on the other side, but I wish him
well."

Jeff Halpern and Josef Boumedienne had assists on the goal that
snapped a five-game losing streak.

Jagr forced the extra session by scoring the tying goal with
2:43 left in regulation. He was booed by fans when he first stepped
on to the ice and the jeering and hollering continued whenever he
touched the puck in New York's fourth straight loss.

"I thought it was going to be a lot worse," Jagr said. "It
wasn't a surprise."

Jagr said his return didn't have the same impact because both
teams have made a number of trades in the two months since he was
dealt to New York.

"It would be different if our full team played against their
full team. But that didn't happen," he said.

Boumedienne finished with a goal and two assists, and Miller had
a goal and two assists in Washington's first overtime victory this
season. Halpern also had a goal and an assist as the Capitals went
4-for-7 of the power play.

Jagr had a goal and an assist in his first appearance in
Washington since the Capitals traded him to the Rangers on Jan. 23.
He played with the Capitals for about 2{ seasons but never quite
lived up to his billing.

The Capitals traded him as part of their salary dump this
season.

"The only thing better [than a shutout ] would be to shut out
Jags," Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig said. "He's still probably
one of the best players in the world."

Bobby Holik and Fedor Tyutin scored 1:18 apart to give the
Rangers a 2-0 lead eight minutes in. Jagr got an assist on the
second goal, even though he nearly fanned on a pass and fumbled it.
Jan Hlavac quickly crossed the puck to Tyutin for the goal.

Brian Willsie cut the New York lead to one on a power-play goal
with 8:54 left in the period. Boumedienne tied it with 14:44 left
in regulation.

Halpern gave the Capitals a 3-2 lead with 13:23 left, scoring
off a crossing pass from Miller. Halpern helped on the other three
goals by screening Dunham each time.

Kolzig made 30 saves and kept Washington close. The Capitals
were down 2-1 heading into the third period and now are 2-36-3 when
trailing after 40 minutes.

Game notes
Washington recalled center Andrej Podkonicky and right wing
Roman Tvrdon from Portland of the AHL and sent forwards Owen Fussey
and Brooks Laich back. ... A team record 47 players have played for
the Capitals this season. ... It was New York's first trip to
Washington this season. The Rangers close the season there on April
3. ... NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman attended the game