WASHINGTON (AP) -- Stay seated for a while, Jiggy. Gerb's too hot
Martin Gerber, in his third straight start in place of
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."
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
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
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.