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Caps beat Jagr's Rangers; Lindros hurt

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New York, NY (Sports Network) - made 32 saves, including 19 in the third period, as the Washington spoiled 's first game against his former team by skating past the New York 2-1 at Madison Square Garden. Jagr was traded to New York less than a week ago for winger . In three games since the trade, the and are each 1-2-0.

and each scored for the , who snapped a three-game losing streak. The also won on the road for the first time since December 16 (0-4-1-1).

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.

stopped 22 shots for the , who have dropped five of their last six contests. scored the lone goal for New York, which also fell to 1-3-1 in its last five home contests.

New York played the third period without center , who suffered another concussion. Washington defenseman nailed Lindros along the boards in the neutral zone. Lindros, who was skating with his head down, absorbed the hit midway through the second period and did not return.

"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. picked up a loose puck and started an odd-man rush down the center of the ice. Lang slipped a pass toward the right boards to , who skated below the net and pulled back a pass in the slot to a trailing Halpern.

Halpern whacked away at the puck but it appeared that the puck went off Ranger defenseman and not Halpern's stick. Halpern was credited with the tally for the 1-0 lead.

Washington forged ahead 2-0 in the second period off the stick of Whitfield 4:08 into the stanza. fired a cross-ice pass just before the blue line in the zone, but defenseman misplayed the puck. Trailing on the play, Whitfield gathered the puck and snapped a low shot that beat Markkanen stick-side for the two-goal advantage.

The got themselves back in the contest at 5:21 of the third after Rucinsky redirected a shot by past Kolzig. Nedved fired a snap shot that trickled up in the air, and Rucinsky was in the slot to redirect it home for his 12th goal of the season.

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 , who are trying to make a push toward the playoffs. After the game coach and general manager Glen Sather said of the injury, "These things are hard to judge."

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