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Friday, October 3, 2003
Nylander's streak over at 310 games

Associated Press

ODENTON, Md. -- Washington Capitals center Michael Nylander will be sidelined four to six weeks with a broken right leg, ending his streak of 310 consecutive games.

Nylander's leg was broken near the ankle during practice Thursday when he was checked against the boards by Nolan Yonkman.

"Nolan Yonkman is fighting for a position on our team and playing hard," coach Bruce Cassidy said. "And Nylander is a competitive guy as well. There's not much you can do about it. Sometimes this happens."

Nylander, who turned 31 Friday, had been centering the top line with Jaromir Jagr and Mike Grier during much of training camp. He was acquired from Chicago last November and had 17 goals and 39 assists in 71 games with the Capitals.