- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 26, 2001


PHILADELPHIA Atoning for your sins is one thing, but the Washington Capitals are becoming a little too generous and it is killing them.

The Caps, with more regulars in the lineup against the Philadelphia Flyers last night than when the teams first met earlier in the preseason, played a far better game but still fell 6-4. The Flyers crushed the Caps 6-1 on Sept. 18.

Penalty-killing, or the lack thereof, has been wiping out otherwise decent performances by Washington during the preseason. The Caps surrendered two power-play goals last night and another as a power play expired, allowing the Flyers to stay in the game when they were being run over by the visitors.

"I thought we played well," coach Ron Wilson said. "There's a few things we've got to work on, but we're really pleased with how we competed tonight. We got a couple bad breaks, but we competed hard and we never gave up."

Washington defenseman Brendan Witt left the ice midway through the third period after a brief confrontation with Flyer center Keith Primeau. Witt needed assistance to get off the ice, apparently unable to put any pressure on his left leg. Additional details were unavailable.

Peter Bondra scored twice for Washington, and Trevor Linden and Sergei Gonchar each added a goal. Adam Oates had two assists for the Caps.

But Washington's inability to defend when down a man a scenario that led to three goals and some excellent late stops by Flyers goalie Roman Cechmanek kept Philadelphia on top.

Right wing Jaromir Jagr sat out his third straight exhibition. A club official said the Caps pretty much know what he can do.

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