Capitals lose Ciccarelli to injury for 6-8 weeks May out of action for at least week


The Washington Capitals have lost two right wings, Dino Ciccarelli and Alan May, to injuries.

Ciccarelli broke his right thumb and will be out six to eight weeks, and May bruised a knuckle on his left hand and will be out at least a week. Both were injured in a 4-0 win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, and both will miss the Capitals' five-game trip that will begin tonight against the Flyers at The Spectrum in Philadelphia.

Ciccarelli will have surgery today at Sibley Hospital to have a pin inserted in his hand. He had a goal and four assists in nine games, and May had a goal and an assist in nine games.

The Capitals have sent a tape of the play on which Ciccarelli wainjured to the National Hockey League office, club spokesman Dave Ferry said.

The club says Ciccarelli suffered the injury late in the third period when Devils center Laurie Boschman slashed him. The NHL has agreed to review the tape, Ferry said.

"The reason that we're sending the tape is that we're trying to protect our players," Ferry said. "We're not looking to get any punishment for Boschman. We just don't want a similar incident to happen again."

Capitals coach Terry Murray said: "It will be tough without Dino. He created a lot of scoring opportunities for us. He's very tough in front of the net, and our scoring was picking up because of his play."

Right wing John Druce, who leads the Capitals in scoring with four goals and six assists, strained his left knee Saturday, but he skated at practice yesterday and is expected to play tonight.

Available to replace Ciccarelli and May are right wing Tim Bergland, who has been scratched for the past four games, and center Rob Murray, who has been scratched for the past three.

After practice yesterday, the Capitals returned defenseman Chris Felix to the Baltimore Skipjacks of the American Hockey League. Felix had two assists in three games with the Capitals.

* The Capitals are so sure that Mikhail Tatarinov, the Soviet defenseman from Dynamo Moscow they signed Saturday, will be a star that they have hired two people to act as consultants and interpreters.

Washington has employed John Chapin as Tatarinov's translator and has hired Katherine Young, a Soviet consultant, who will live with Tatarinov, 24, his wife, Natalya, and young son, Vladimir, for a while to help them get accustomed to the United States. Chapin and Young are former employees of the United States Information Agency.

Rookie center Peter Bondra, who is from Czechoslovakia, can't speak English, but he can speak Russian and can act as an interpreter for the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Tatarinov if Chapin is not available. However, he'll have to tell center Michal Pivonka, another Czech, who is fluent in English, what Tatarinov said.

Washington reportedly paid between $200,000 and $400,000 to the Soviet Hockey Federation for Tatarinov's release. That's in addition to Tatarinov's three-year salary, which has not been announced.

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