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NHL Roundup: Bondra bags 400th career goal as Capitals clip Rangers

December 5, 2001

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— Peter Bondra used different sticks for his 400th and 401st NHL goals. He saved the silver stick he was presented with before the game.

Bondra became the fifth active player to score 400 goals with one team when the Washington Capitals beat the New York Rangers, 5-2, Tuesday night.

"Every stick is different," said Bondra, who called for stick No. 3 at the start of the power play that resulted in his 400th goal.

"One is more heavy. The other is more light. It's got different curves. It's just different sticks, and I just try to have a feeling, and sometimes you pick the right stick for the right shot."

Bondra scored both goals in the second period, and Ulf Dahlen, Chris Simon and Dainius Zubrus also netted for the Capitals, who have won three in a row and six of nine. They are 3-0 against the Rangers this season, outscoring them 16-6.

"We've got their number right now," coach Ron Wilson said. "But when we've played them we've probably had three of our better games overall, especially defensively."

Eric Lindros and Petr Nedved scored for the Rangers, who had won three straight. Two of those victories were shutouts by Mike Richter.

"We played as unsmart a game tonight as we have in a long time," coach Ron Low said. "We gave them their goals. We didn't have a lot of juice, but that's when you have to play smarter. We have to play way smarter than we did tonight."

Bondra was feted in a pregame ceremony for a goal last week that moved him past Mike Gartner (397) to become the Capitals' career leading goal-scorer.

He then gave the fans more to celebrate when he one-timed a pass from Dahlen past Richter and high into the net on a power play at 13:15 of the second period

The cheering was delayed, however, because the net was dislodged just as the puck crossed the goal line. The goal was reviewed by the replay judge, who ruled that Rangers defenseman Dave Karpa intentionally pushed the net.

Flyers 3, Islanders 2

Uniondale, N.Y. Keith Primeau scored the go-ahead goal on a power play with 7:39 left as Philadelphia beat New York. Primeau tipped the puck in from the crease after a sharp centering pass by Mark Recchi.

Sabres 4, Hurricanes 2

Raleigh, N.C. J.P. Dumont and Erik Rasmussen scored two goals each as Buffalo beat Carolina to sweep its three-game road trip. Buffalo defeated Carolina, Washington and the New York Islanders in a seven-day span, outscoring the three 13-6.

Bruins 3, Thrashers 2

Atlanta Bill Guerin scored two goals in an 18-second span of the third period, leading Boston over Atlanta. Guerin has scored a goal in four straight games and in seven of 10.

Penguins 1, Maple Leafs 0

Toronto Johan Hedberg made 27 saves for his fourth shutout of the season as Pittsburgh beat Toronto. Robert Lang scored the lone goal, beating goalie Curtis Joseph with a wrist shot at 17:57 of the first period.

Devils 1, Lightning 1

East Rutherford, N.J. Bobby Holik scored on a power play with 8:33 to play in regulation as New Jersey finally got a puck behind Nikolai Khabibulin for a tie with Tampa Bay.

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