Washington Capitals right wing Joe Murphy was cut on his face and neck early this morning when he was struck on the head with a glass at a Manhattan nightclub. According to police, Murphy was hit by Amin Kallimni, who was apparently upset that Murphy was talking to his girlfriend.

Murphy, 33, was taken to Bellevue Hospital, treated for his cuts and released. The incident occurred around 5 a.m. today, according to the police report, though team sources said the attack occurred between 3 and 4 a.m.

Murphy was talking to a woman at Club Chaos in Greenwich Village when Kallimni, 18, approached him and hit him over the head with a glass. Kallimni was arrested and booked on an assault charge.

Calls to Murphy's hotel room in New York were not returned.

Murphy did not play in Wednesday night's 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers because of a shoulder injury. Sources said Murphy felt a little sore this afternoon and is unlikely to play Saturday, when Washington faces the New Jersey Devils at Continental Airlines Arena, though he could return to the lineup early next week.

"The players had a scheduled day off Thursday and a few of them went out after the game Wednesday night," General Manager George McPhee said. "Unfortunately, Joe Murphy was assaulted. The police have charged the person who assaulted him and that's about all we know."

Murphy has struggled this season, with one goal and six points in 16 games. He was recently a healthy scratch in 11 straight games, missing a month of action after a slow start. He returned to the lineup for five games, scoring his first goal of the season and skating on the top line with Adam Oates and Chris Simon before injuring his shoulder in a game last week.

Murphy, who was claimed off waivers from the Boston Bruins last season after being suspended for insubordination, was signed to a one-year free agent contract this summer. The 15-year veteran has played for six NHL teams.

Capitals Note: McPhee said center Jan Bulis, who broke his thumb Nov. 22, will be out a maximum of four weeks from the date of the injury, perhaps returning next weekend.