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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | June 2, 1995
The National Hockey League has suspended Washington Capitals center Michal Pivonka for three games without pay and fined him $1,000, the maximum allowed under its collective bargaining agreement.The penalty was assessed for a high-sticking incident involving Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kjell Samuelsson in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series on May 18.The suspension will take effect at the start of the 1995-96 season."Although Mr. Pivonka has not previously faced supplementary discipline for this type of conduct, there can be no excuse for the reckless manner in which he struck and injured Mr. Samuelsson with his stick," said Brian Burke, NHL senior vice president.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | February 6, 1996
At the NHL All-Star Game last month, everyone talked about how lucky Washington Capitals right wing Peter Bondra was to be playing on a line with Eric Lindros and John LeClair. No one considered that Lindros and LeClair might have been the lucky ones.Bondra won the league's goal-scoring title during the 1995 lockout-shortened season and leads the Capitals in scoring this season with 32 goals and 56 points, but he remains the NHL's most unrecognized offensive force."Yeah, I won the goal scoring, but it was short season," Bondra said.
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By Sandra McKee | October 29, 1995
Washington Capitals center Michal Pivonka will play his first ,, game of the season tonight.Pivonka, who signed a five-year, $5 million contract last week, had to sit out the first three games because of a suspension he received during last season's playoffs."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | February 4, 1996
LANDOVER -- Washington right wing Peter Bondra roared out of a four-game goal-less streak with four goals and two assists, including the one on the game-winner by Michal Pivonka with 1:21 gone in overtime, as he led the Capitals back from a three-goal deficit to a 6-5 victory over the New York Islanders last night.It was one of the most entertaining games of the season and a sellout crowd of 18,130 was at the USAir Arena to see it."Of course this is something you dream about," Bondra said.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | March 26, 1995
LANDOVER -- Michal Pivonka had a better idea yesterday afternoon and the result was that the Washington Capitals emerged from their showdown with the Philadelphia Flyers with a 2-2 tie."I'm going to make him assistant coach," said Capitals coach Jim Schoenfeld. "He designed the play."Pivonka had been facing off against the Flyers' Craig MacTavish all afternoon. He noticed that whenever he lost the draw, the puck invariably scooted out to MacTavish's forehand, which meant that Pivonka wanted someone with a left-handed shot along the boards.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | December 21, 1993
Washington Capitals center Michal Pivonka says he will tough it out tonight in Philadelphia, injured ribs or no injured ribs."I have not had an X-ray," he said. "I do not plan to have an X-ray. It doesn't matter what an X-ray shows. I feel OK. I will play, no matter what an X-ray shows."Pivonka took one of defenseman Al Iafrate's slap shots -- a shothat has been measured at 105 mph -- in the ribs Saturday during a 4-1 loss in Hartford. He said yesterday he feels a twinge when he twists his body for a shot, but refuses to believe one or more ribs may be broken.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | May 3, 1994
NEW YORK -- Before the Washington Capitals can think about overcoming the New York Rangers in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series, they must prove themselves survivors in Game 2 tonight.If that task seemed hard after Washington's 6-3 Game 1 loss at Madison Square Garden Sunday, it appeared more daunting yesterday.Washington learned it will be without center Michal Pivonka for at least seven to 10 days with a pulled groin and goalie Don Beaupre, who also suffered a groin pull in Game 1, for at least tonight's game.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | September 28, 1995
Washington Capitals forwards Peter Bondra and Michal Pivonka, who have been in training camp without contracts, say they are leaving this morning for Detroit, where they will open the International Hockey League season tomorrow with the Vipers."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | December 16, 1995
Finally, the Washington Capitals have found something that works. And -- wouldn't you know? -- it's a line centered by Michal Pivonka, who has been on the team longer than any other current player.As the Caps go into tonight's game against the New York Rangers, Pivonka has scored in seven of his past eight games and shares the team scoring lead (22 points) with line mate Peter Bondra. Keith Jones, who has worked Pivonka's left side for the past five games, has 18 points.Is this an accident?
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | January 12, 1996
LANDOVER -- The Ottawa Senators didn't know what they were flying in to. Sure they knew about the near-30 inches of snow engulfing the area. Sure they knew about the reports that another snow storm was on its way.But they didn't count on being snowed under by newly named All-Star Peter Bondra and his Washington Capitals line mates Michal Pivonka and Keith Jones.Bondra came like an avalanche, producing a hat trick and two assists. Pivonka and Jones could have been flagged for piling on. Pivonka produced a career-high six points with two goals and four assists and Jones also produced a career high with a goal and three assists.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | February 4, 1996
LANDOVER -- Washington right wing Peter Bondra roared out of a four-game goal-less streak with four goals and two assists, including the assist on the game-winner by Michal Pivonka with 1:21 gone in overtime, as he led the Capitals back from a three-goal deficit to a 6-5 victory over the New York Islanders.It was one of the most entertaining games of the season and a sellout crowd of 18,130 was at the USAir Arena to see it.Bondra and Pivonka were the Capitals' total offense in this one. As the two combined for Washington's first goal as well, as Bondra assisted on Pivonka's short-handed goal in the first period.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | January 12, 1996
LANDOVER -- The Ottawa Senators didn't know what they were flying into. They knew about the near-30 inches of snow engulfing the area. They knew about the reports that another snowstorm was on its way.What they didn't count on was being snowed under by newly named All-Star Peter Bondra and his line mates Michal Pivonka and Keith Jones, who produced 15 points to beat the Ottawa Senators, 6-1, before a sparse crowd at USAir Arena.Bondra came on like an avalanche, producing a hat trick and two assists to tie his career high for points in one game.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | December 17, 1995
LANDOVER -- The Washington Capitals played one of their best games of the season, got a performance from goaltender Jim Carey that at times bordered on spectacular, and beat the New York Rangers last night, 3-2.The victory lifts Washington's record to 14-13-3, putting the Capitals over .500 for the first time since Nov. 29 and extending their unbeaten streak to four games.It was the second straight loss for the Rangers (20-10-5), whose 10-game unbeaten streak ended Friday in Buffalo.Playing in front of a sellout crowd of 18,130 for the fifth time this season, the Capitals did everything right and left to a standing ovation at USAir Arena.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | December 16, 1995
Finally, the Washington Capitals have found something that works. And -- wouldn't you know? -- it's a line centered by Michal Pivonka, who has been on the team longer than any other current player.As the Caps go into tonight's game against the New York Rangers, Pivonka has scored in seven of his past eight games and shares the team scoring lead (22 points) with line mate Peter Bondra. Keith Jones, who has worked Pivonka's left side for the past five games, has 18 points.Is this an accident?
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | November 3, 1995
The Washington Capitals are doing very nicely. They were doing very nicely from the beginning. They started 4-2 without right wing Peter Bondra and center Michal Pivonka who were embroiled in contract holdouts and playing for the Detroit Vipers of the International Hockey League.And now that Bondra, the NHL's 1995 leading goal scorer, and Pivonka, the Capitals third leading scorer a year ago, have returned, the Capitals are doing even better. They've matched the 8-3 start of the 1991-92 team, which won a club-record 11 of its first 14 games.
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By Sandra McKee | October 29, 1995
Washington Capitals center Michal Pivonka will play his first ,, game of the season tonight.Pivonka, who signed a five-year, $5 million contract last week, had to sit out the first three games because of a suspension he received during last season's playoffs."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | January 10, 1993
LANDOVER -- Washington Capitals center Michal Pivonka was on his game last night, which was fortunate for the Capitals, who did not want a repeat of the Philadelphia folly that occurred two days earlier.What Washington needed was a strong comeback after the six-goal loss to the Flyers. And they got it. Pivonka was involved in the Capitals first three goals."This was a big improvement from Wednesday night," said Capitals coach Terry Murray, who could find little fault with a 4-3 victory over Edmonton.
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