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Capitals 3, Canucks 2

March 29, 1998

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) _ Brian Bellows scored two power-play goals in his first NHL game of the season as the Washington Capitals beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 Saturday night.

The Capitals signed Bellows, who spent the season playing for Berlin of the German Professional League, as a free agent earlier this week to help their struggling power play.

Bellows played for Washington coach Ron Wilson in Anaheim last season and went to training camp with the Canucks last fall.

All of the scoring came in the first period as Bellows converted on both Capital power-play chances and Ken Klee added his fourth of the season for Washington.

Vancouver took the lead just 17 seconds into the game as Pavel Bure beat Olaf Kolzig from a tough angle, slipping a wrist shot between Kolzig and the goal post from the corner. Todd Bertuzzi cut Washington’s lead to 3-2 as he banged a rebound past Kolzig with only two 1.6 seconds remaining in the period.

Washington, who outshot Vancouver 28-24, moved into a four-way tie with Boston, Buffalo and Montreal for fourth place in the Eastern Conference with the victory.

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