Caps beat Jagr's Rangers; Lindros hurt
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Washington owner Ted Leonsis did not travel with the team to New York, as the NHL suspended him one day after he apologized for a tussle with a fan.
Leonsis, 48, is to have no contact with his club for one week and the team was fined $100,000 for the incident. According to published reports, Leonsis accosted a fan after the team's home loss to Philadelphia on Sunday.
In the first home game for Washington after trading away Jagr, Leonsis apparently grabbed a 20-year-old season ticket-holder by the neck and threw him to the ground after absorbing his taunts throughout the game.
New York played the third period without center
"He came through with his head down," Doig said. "I've got to make that hit.
"I have all the respect in the world for Eric. I told him, 'I'm not trying to hurt you.'"
Halpern tallied the game's first goal 9:29 into the first to give Washington the early edge.
Halpern whacked away at the puck but it appeared that the puck went off Ranger defenseman
Washington forged ahead 2-0 in the second period off the stick of Whitfield 4:08 into the stanza.
Kolzig stoned Nedved on a high shot in the slot with under 10 seconds left to preserve the win. Kolzig was strong in the final stanza as he was peppered with 20 shots.
The loss of Lindros could be devastating for the