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Bure paces Panthers’ 2-1 victory

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MONTREAL -- Though Pavel Bure wasn't around at the end of the game, his play earlier decided the outcome.

Bure left midway through the third period with a groin strain after scoring a goal and assisting on another as the Panthers stayed unbeaten with a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.Bure scored his third goal of the season in the first period and got his 500th career point when he assisted on Lance Pitlick's second-period score.

"This is a nice milestone, but I want it to be 500 goals -- not just points," said Bure.

CAPITALS 5, FLYERS 4: At Washington, Peter Bondra scored the game-tying and game-winning goals from almost the same spot within 58 seconds of each other late in the third period to give Washington the win over Philadelphia.

Ron Wilson whistled from the bench when he saw Peter Bondra skating on a 2-on-1 break. The coach wanted his star scorer to pass the puck instead of shoot from the tight angle.

Wilson should've known better.

Bondra pumped once, then drilled the shot between goalie John Vanbiesbrouck's legs to tie the score. Fifty-eight seconds later, on a 2-on-2 break with 2:57 to play, Bondra scored from almost the same spot to give the Washington Capitals a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

"He lives in anonymity here and he doesn't get his proper dues," Wilson said. "He's got great lateral mobility. Peter's one of the few skaters in the league that can move side-to-side as well as he can move straight ahead."

Bondra, who also scored in the first period, got his 14th career hat trick. He has five goals in the Capitals' first four games.

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