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Klee Faces Former Team

Monday, 13.10.2003 / 10:30 AM / News
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GAME: Washington Capitals (1-1-0-0) at Toronto Maple Leafs (0-1-0-0). 

TIME: Monday, 7:30 p.m. EDT.

Jaromir Jagr and the Washington Capitals look to bounce back from their first loss of the season in a matchup with the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.

Washington lost 4-3 to the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday after beating the New York Islanders 6-1 in its season opener.

Boyd Gordon and Jagr each had a goal and an assist for Washington. Jagr got Washington within a goal with 2:49 left to play. He is off to a strong start, recording two goals and two assists in two games.

Gordon, 19, scored his first NHL goal on his first shift Saturday, one game after getting his first NHL point. Gordon has a goal and two assists on the season.

The Capitals lost defenseman Brendan Witt midway through the first period after a face-first tumble into the boards. Witt, who was motionless on the ice for several minutes before being helped to the locker room, had a bloody nose, facial injuries and was to be examined after the game. His status for Monday is uncertain.

Pending a final medical report on Witt, Capitals coach Bruce Cassidy said the Capitals would add a defenseman for a six-game road trip that begins in Toronto.

"He wasn't able to return, so it's more than just a bump," Cassidy said. "Hopefully, it's not long-term."

Toronto lost its season opener 4-0 to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, spoiling Joe Nieuwendyk's debut with the Maple Leafs.

"We have a lot of work to do," Nieuwendyk said. "We have to come together as unit. You can see when we get behind our frustration level gets a little high and that can't happen. There are lots of areas we have to continue to work on."

Ed Belfour made 18 saves for the Maple Leafs.

STANDINGS (through Oct. 11): Capitals - 2 points, 3rd place (tied), 2 PB, Southeast Division. Maple Leafs - 0 points, 4th place (tied), 3 PB, Northeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Capitals - Jagr and Peter Bondra, 2 goals; Jagr, Gordon and Robert Lang, 2 assists; Jagr, 4 points; Brian Sutherby, 5 PIM. Maple Leafs - no goals; Wade Belak and Tie Domi, 4 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Oct. 11): Capitals - Power play: 20 percent (3 for 15), 11th in NHL. Penalty killing: 100 percent (6 for 6), 1st (tied). Maple Leafs - Power play: 0 percent (0 for 3), 24th (tied). Penalty killing: 83.3 percent (5 for 6), 17th (tied).

GOALTENDERS: Capitals - Olaf Kolzig (1-1-0, 0 SO, 2.52 GAA); Sebastien Charpentier (no record). Maple Leafs - Belfour (0-1-0, 0, 4.00); Mikael Tellqvist (no record).

2002-03 SEASON SERIES: Maple Leafs, 3-0.

LAST MEETING: March 29; Maple Leafs, 4-3 (overtime). At Toronto, Mats Sundin scored at 2:56 of overtime as the Capitals won despite blowing a two-goal lead.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Capitals - 0-0-0-0 on the road; Maple Leafs - 0-1-0-0 at home.

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