Johnson will play for Hershey Friday before returning to the Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Washington Capitals goalie Brent Johnson
was sent to the AHL's Hershey Bears on Thursday so he can work on
his conditioning after being out because of a knee injury.

Johnson is expected to play for Hershey on Friday, then return
to the Capitals.

He hasn't played for Washington since spraining his left knee
during a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Dec. 27. He is
3-4-1 this season.

The day after Johnson was hurt, the Capitals recalled Frederic
Cassivi from Hershey to be the backup to No. 1 goalie Olie Kolzig.

The Capitals have won four of their last five games heading into
their next outing, at home Sunday against the Philadelphia Flyers.