- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 13, 2002

Seen and heard last night at National Car Rental Center in Sunrise, Fla.:
SAME LINEUP The Washington Capitals' list of injured or ailing did not grow, but it didn't shrink either. The Caps once again had seven regulars out with injuries or the flu, with no indication when any would return.
Peter Bondra (flu), Ulf Dahlen (bruised foot), Jaromir Jagr (slight groin strain), Joe Sacco (flu) and Brendan Witt (sprained right thumb) are out for the short term; Calle Johansson (torn rotator cuff) and Steve Konowalchuk (shoulder surgery) are the long-term injured.
A club spokesman said Bondra and Jagr are "probable" for tomorrow's game against Boston at MCI Center. Bondra has missed three games with the flu after not missing any last season; Jagr has missed two his injury suffered late in the Columbus game Wednesday. Dahlen has played just part of one period since he was first injured Dec. 19 against the Panthers here but could return this week, and Witt is thought to be day-to-day.
Washington played eight defensemen instead of the usual six for the second game in a row. Florida dressed seven defensemen because it is having its own manpower problems.
The Caps have lost 127 man-games to injury this season, well above last year's mark at the same time.
ALL-STARS Washington right wing Jaromir Jagr has earned a starting berth in the All-Star Game for the 10th consecutive season. He will start for the World team Feb. 2 in Los Angeles, the first Cap to earn a starting berth since Rod Langway in 1985-86.
Jagr is the only Cap to make the team so far, although left wing Peter Bondra could easily be selected and defenseman Sergei Gonchar as well. Jagr finished second among wings, Bondra was sixth and Gonchar was fifth among defensemen.
Dave Fay

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