- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 21, 2002

The Boston Bruins broke a 4-4 deadlock midway through the third period last night and handed the Washington Capitals a 6-4 exhibition loss at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H.
The Caps battled from a two-goal deficit and a pair of one-goal deficits, earning a tie game six minutes into the third period on Steve Konowalchuk's second goal of the night, a power play score.
But Boston came back with an even-strength goal by Sergei Samsonov less than two minutes after Konowalchuk's goal to go ahead 5-4. Boston put the game away at 11:15 when the Bruins converted a turnover into a shorthanded score by Rich Brennan.
The Caps are 0-2 in preseason, the Bruins 1-1.
Bryan Bernard and Martin LaPointe gave Boston a 2-0 first-period lead, the only goals Sebastien Charpentier allowed in the half of the game he played. Maxime Ouellet played the second half and was charged with the loss.
Washington came back in the second period, Konowalchuk scoring before Glen Metropolit scored on a power play. Joe Thornton then scored on a power play, and Mike Farrell was able to give Washington a 3-3 tie before the middle period ended.
The give and take continued in the third, at least for a few minutes. Thornton put the Bruins up by a goal, Konowalchuk tied it, but then Boston put the game out of reach.
The Caps play host to Pittsburgh at 7:08 tonight before hitting the road for a week of training in Dallas and Raleigh, N.C.
Tomorrow there will be a major trimming of the roster with the team planning to take 30 to 32 players on the Texas trip. At the moment, the roster stands at 43, not counting holdouts Andrei Nikolishin and Dainius Zubrus. Both are centers who can play wing.
Washington cut five players yesterday, including German star Robert Muller who returns to his Mannheim team in the German Elite League. Also cut were forward Brad Parsons and defensemen Chris Hajt, Ryan Van Buskirk and Jonathon Zion.
The Caps are left with five goalies in camp, one of whom is Rastislav Stana and the club is trying to find a slot for him with a high minor league team. The other four are Olie Kolzig, the No.1, and three contenders to back him up Craig Billington, Charpentier and Ouellet. Ouellet, obtained in the March 19 trade with Philadelphia that sent Adam Oates to the Flyers, could well start the season with the Caps' top farm team in Portland, Maine.
That would leave a two-man battle for the backup job. If Charpentier wins it, that leaves Billington's future uncertain. If he were bought out, the team would owe him all of his $875,000 contract; the contract is a one-way deal meaning if he was demoted to Portland, he would still make NHL money.

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