Series (Game 4 of 6)

Washington leads 4-1

Game 1: Wednesday, November 12th
Game 2: Saturday, November 15th
Game 3: Friday, January 9th
Game 4: Thursday, January 29th
Game 5: Thursday, February 12th
Game 6: Wednesday, February 25th

Capitals 5

(16-29-2, 39 pts)

Hurricanes 3

(17-24-2, 45 pts)

7:00 PM ET, January 29, 2004

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 T
WSH 1 2 25
CAR 0 2 13

P. Bondra (Capitals - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

J. Williams (Hurricanes - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

R. Lang (Capitals - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Washington (15-29-5-2) at Carolina (17-23-9-2) 7:00 pm EST

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- The Washington Capitals try to build on a solid victory and defeat the Carolina Hurricanes for the fourth time this season when the Southeast Division clubs meet Thursday at the RBC Center.

The Capitals built a two-goal lead Wednesday and held on for a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers. Jeff Halpern scored his ninth goal midway through the first period and Trent Whitfield tallied on a breakaway 4:08 into the second before Olaf Kolzig turned aside 19 of 20 shots in the third.

Anson Carter did not have a shot on goal Wednesday in his first game against the Rangers since they dealt him to Washington last week for superstar right wing Jaromir Jagr.

Capitals defenseman Jason Doig delivered a solid check on Eric Lindros in the second period, leaving the Rangers center with a concussion. Lindros and Doig squared off after the ensuing faceoff. After the game, Doig said he was not attempting to injure Lindros, who had his head down on the check.

The Capitals made news off the ice Wednesday as the team was fined $100,000 and owner Ted Leonsis suspended one week by the NHL. The penalties were the result of Leonsis physically confronting a fan at the MCI Center after Sunday's loss to Philadelphia.

Twenty percent of Washington's wins this season have come against Carolina. The Capitals have outscored the Hurricanes, 13-3, in three games. Robert Lang has four of those goals for Washington, but has only one goal in his last seven games.

Carolina rebounded from consecutive losses Tuesday as Kevin Weekes made 32 saves and Erik Cole scored a shorthanded goal in a 2-0 win at Toronto.

Weekes recorded his career-high sixth shutout of the season, one more than he had in 2002-03.

Hurricanes captain Ron Francis has 543 career goals, one away from tying Maurice Richard for 20th place on the all-time list.