- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 3, 2002

Seen and heard last night at Corel Centre in Kanata, Ontario:
TROUBLES MOUNT The injury problem that the Washington Capitals seemed to have a handle of the past two years has come back with a vengeance. The number of man-games lost to injury passed 200 and probably will rise a lot higher before the season ends.
The latest additions to the man-games lost list are going back on it for the second time in a week, wings Peter Bondra and Dainius Zubrus. Bondra missed Tuesday's game against Florida with the flu but returned to play Thursday against San Jose. Zubrus played only the first period against the Panthers.
The club said yesterday that new X-rays revealed a broken bone in Zubrus' right hand, meaning he will be out 7-to-10 days. Zubrus has been experiencing pain and swelling in the hand for some time, but previous X-rays did not reveal any fracture.
Bondra, the team's leading goal-scorer with 27, practiced Friday with the club and appeared to be fine. But he awoke in the team hotel yesterday morning with a sore throat, fever and aching joints and was a medical scratch. It was the fifth game he has missed this season, with the flu being blamed each time.
Both men play key roles for the Caps. Zubrus has developed into the team's top forechecker and is a sparkplug coach Ron Wilson moves around, putting him with a line that needs a lift. Bondra has been the Caps' primary goal-scorer for years and had 19 in his first 30 games this season. He has slowed since the second half started and has only three goals in his last 18 games.
THEY'RE EVERYWHERE Fourteen members of the Caps' fan club, 13 people and a springer spaniel named Cujo, followed their favorite team to the Canadian capital for the game.
SAD NEWS Keith Acton, a forward who was more frustrating to opponents than a bad case of poison ivy and a Cap for a brief time in 1993-94, has been diagnosed with testicular cancer. Acton, an assistant coach with Toronto, was placed on medical leave last month but has been working with the team when it is home. He begins five weeks of radiation treatment tomorrow.
Dave Fay


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