Bondra suffers separated shoulder


LANDOVER -- Washington Capitals right wing Peter Bondra, the team's leading scorer, suffered a first-degree separation of his left shoulder last night and will be out a week to 10 days.

Bondra was being responsible on defense in the first period against the Flyers. He had hounded center Craig MacTavish into the corner and blanketed him as he tried to move the puck along the boards behind the Capitals' net with 10:16 to play.

But when MacTavish turned, his right elbow found leverage under Bondra's shoulder, and the Capitals forward was flipped to the ice, falling on his shoulder.

He left the ice immediately, holding his injured arm close to his side and did not return.

For the Capitals, the injury couldn't have come at a worse time. Aside from Bondra, the Capitals have not had a goal scored by a bona fide forward since Nov. 1 against Montreal -- six games ago.

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