-- Winger Jaromir Jagr returned to the lineup for the Washington Capitals tonight, but defenseman Ken Klee was unable to play with an injured right foot. Klee, perhaps Washington's best defenseman this season, suffered the injury blocking a shot Sunday night and a date for his return is undetermined.
Jagr missed six games with a broken bone in his wrist and played for the first time since March 8; the Capitals went 3-3 with Jagr out of the lineup. With Klee injured, the Capitals recalled defenseman Josef Boumedienne from the Portland (Maine) Pirates and Boumedienne made his debut for the team tonight against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre. Klee's status is listed as day-to-day, General Manager George McPhee said, and initial x-rays were inconclusive. Klee will undergo another X-ray in a few days and could have a hairline fracture that did not show up originally.
Boumedienne, 25, was acquired from Ottawa Dec. 16 for journeyman defenseman Dean Melanson and played 70 games in the minors this season, scoring 10 goals and 47 points. He has been Portland's best defender this season and caught the attention of Washington's coaches during a scouting trip to Portland in January.
"Our coaches liked him then and we wanted to take a look at him [in Washington] this season," McPhee said. "But because of our roster limitations we couldn't do it without losing a defenseman [on waivers]."
The Capitals are now carrying nine defensemen and have used two of their four allotted minor-league recalls. The team also changed its forward lines with Jagr back. Center Michael Nylander joined Jagr and Kip Miller on the top line and Sergei Berezin was shifted to the fourth line with rookie center Brian Sutherby and winger Josh Green.
Berry, Fortin Scratched
Defensemen Rick Berry and Jean-Francois Fortin were scratched tonight, as were forwards Ivan Ciernik, Alex Henry and Stephen Peat. . . . Backup goalie Sebastien Charpentier is tentatively scheduled to start Saturday's game in Toronto, which will conclude this six-game trip. . . .
The Montreal crowd, which drew international attention for booing the U.S. national anthem last week, had a mixed reaction tonight, with audible boos drowned out by applause. . . .
Prospect Steve Eminger, who played 17 games with Washington before being returned to junior hockey, suffered a shoulder injury, perhaps a separation. McPhee should know more Wednesday.