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Capitals Edge Penguins 4-3

January 18, 2004

WASHINGTON (AP)_ Peter Bondra had a power-play goal and an assist to lead the Washington Capitals to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.

Bondra, who missed Saturday’s game in New Jersey because of the flu, scored from the right faceoff circle off a pass from Sergei Gonchar, beating Sebastien Caron and giving Washington the lead for good at 9:47 of the second period.

Robert Lang scored his 23rd goal of the season and had three assists for Washington. Jason Doig and Jeff Halpern also scored for the Capitals.

Milan Kraft and Konstantin Koltsov scored power-play goals, and Drake Berehowsky added a score for the Penguins, who have lost three straight.

After Lang staked Washington to an early lead, Kraft countered with a goal, taking a sharp pass from Dick Tanstrom at the blue line and beating Olaf Kolzig with a wrist shot just 15 seconds after a Washington’s Mike Grier went off for boarding.

Koltsov gave the Penguins the lead with an unassisted power-play goal 11 seconds after a holding call on Joel Kwiatkowski.

The two goals came on the only shots by the Penguins on their first nine power plays.

Doig beat Caron with a wrist shot, tying the game at 6:28 of the second.

Halpern scored with 13:03 left, giving Washington a 4-2 lead. Berehowsky pulled the Penguins within a goal when he scored during a scramble in front of the net with 3:08 left.

Notes: The Penguins have scored a power-play goal in four straight games. ... Doig’s last goal came against Tampa Bay on Nov. 14. ... Washington has earned a point in five straight games.

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