Fedorov's two goals lead Mighty Ducks past Capitals

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Stay seated for a while, Jiggy. Gerb's too hot

to bench.

Martin Gerber, in his third straight start in place of

Jean-Sebastien Giguere, made 23 saves as the Anaheim Mighty Ducks

beat the slumping Washington Capitals 4-2 Wednesday night.

"Jiggy is the guy, but Gerb's on a roll," coach Mike Babcock

said. "And when Jiggy is on a roll, he plays."

Sergei Fedorov scored twice as the Mighty Ducks improved to

3-1-1 with Gerber in goal, and the coach indicated Gerber will

start again Saturday against the New York Islanders.

"I just assume when a guy plays and he wins, you've got to play

him," Babcock said.

The Capitals are doing anything but winning. They lost their

sixth straight and are winless in eight games since an opening-day

victory. The losing streak is their longest since they dropped the

final six games of the 1998-99 season.

"We've got too much talent out there for it to keep going the

way it is," right wing Mike Grier said. "Right now, we're just

finding ways to lose."

Jason Krog and Steve Rucchin also scored for the Ducks.

Fedorov got his second and third goals of the season, including

the go-ahead score that screened goaltender Olaf Kolzig nearly

stopped between his body and left arm. He slowed the puck just

enough for it to trickle slowly into the net, putting the Capitals

at a seemingly insurmountable 2-1 deficit.

"It's one of those pucks that had eyes again, like we've seen

too many times," Washington coach Bruce Cassidy said. "Those

things are happening to us. When you're a fragile team and you're

not winning, that's enough to take the wind out of your sails.

"We need to be more resilient as a team. That's sort of the

makeup we have. When we get behind, we don't seem to have the

resiliency to get back into it."

The Capitals had their share of bad bounces, but they had

themselves to blame for much of their misery. Krog's goal came

because he was left open when two Capitals defensemen covered

teammate Andy McDonald on a two-on-two break. Rucchin's score came

after a couple of bumbling attempts to clear the puck near the blue


The Capitals, playing their first home game since Oct. 11, were

booed off the ice at the end of a game that left them with an

NHL-low three standings points. They were 1-for-7 on the power

play, blowing one chance with a careless two-line pass when Jaromir

Jagr had half of the ice to himself.

Meanwhile, the Ducks scored their third power-play goal in two

games. They got a pair in Tuesday night's 3-1 victory over the New

York Rangers, then got another on Fedorov's shot from the left

circle in the first period on their only man-advantage chance of

the night.

Stephen Peat tied it for the Capitals later in the first period,

but the Ducks grabbed a 4-1 lead before Dainius Zubrus' power-play

goal in the game's final minutes.Game notes
The Capitals reassigned defenseman Josef Boumedienne to

Portland of the AHL. ... Having traded captain Steve Konowalchuk to

Colorado last week, the Capitals played their first game with their

new rotating captains system. Peter Bondra, Sergei Gonchar and

Brendan Witt will be alternate captains at home games, with Robert

Lang, Grier and Jagr pulling the duty on the road. ... This was the

only meeting between Anaheim and Washington this season. ...

Anaheim has started 2-0 on their six-game road trip.