- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 4, 2002

Seen and heard last night at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh:

ZUBIE SIDELINED: Caps forward Dainius Zubrus, who has played all three forward positions at one time or another this season, will be lost for 4-to-6 weeks after he had surgery to remove a bone spur from his right hand. Zubrus has three goals and seven points this season.

Zubrus missed all of training camp in a contract dispute and then missed two games after he injured the hand Nov.26 against Toronto. He returned for the Atlanta game Sunday afternoon but made it through only one period before departing.

The injury is believed to be related to the injury he suffered last season. He broke his right hand Feb.28 against San Jose and missed five games. He has been placed on injured reserve.

STILL AILING: Defenseman J.F. Fortin was among the medical scratches against the Penguins, the second straight game he has missed with what is being described as a stomach virus.

Fortin became sick before Sunday's game against Atlanta and defenseman Ken Klee was unable to practice Monday because of the same ailment. General manager George McPhee also is stricken.

Defenseman Jason Doig made his debut for Washington in place of Fortin.

Healthy scratches for the Caps were defenseman Steve Eminger and forward/defenseman Alex Henry.

ON THE ICE: Playing his third game for Pittsburgh was center Michal Sivek, one of the three prospects the Caps traded to the Penguins for Jaromir Jagr two seasons ago.

Dave Fay

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