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
"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 conference standings.
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.
Jason Doig and Jeff Halpern also scored for Washington.
"We have to be more creative," Bondra said. "With the skills we have, we
have to use them to our advantage -- move around, be creative and change
That strategy worked against the Penguins, who lost their third straight
despite getting goals on the power play from Milan Kraft and Konstantin
Drake Berehowsky added a score for the Penguins in the third 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
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 another weapon."
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.