Caps recall Savage for NHL debut


The Washington Capitals, in an attempt to shore up their sagging scoring, have recalled right wing Reggie Savage from the Baltimore Skipjacks, and he will make his National Hockey League debut tonight (7:35) against the Vancouver Canucks at the Capital Centre.

Savage, the Capitals' No. 1 draft choice in 1988, has 27 goals and 25 assists in 53 American Hockey League games and scored his second hat trick of the season Saturday night in a 6-5 victory over the Hershey Bears.

Injuries, in addition to the need for more scoring, precipitated Savage's recall. Center Peter Bondra suffered a dislocated shoulder in practice Sunday, and right wing Steve Leach suffered a separated shoulder in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets. Both will be out of action seven to 10 days.

In another development yesterday, left wing Bob Joyce has finished his two-week conditioning stay in Baltimore and has been placed on waivers so that he may be put on the Skipjacks' roster.

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